Navy will organize town halls with housing communities affected by ongoing water issues


HONOLULU (KHON2) – Officials from the Navy and Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam will hold meetings with community members affected by ongoing water issues.

The community began to complain about the chemical smell of the water on Sunday. Officials at that time said there was no smell or sign of trouble in the Navy’s water wells or tanks.

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On Monday, elementary schools in Nimitz and Red Hill were without water after a smell of fuel was reportedly emitted from their water lines. Sinks were sealed and lunches were prepared without using water, but both schools remained open.

On Monday evening, the Department of Health issued a notice for all users of the Navy’s water supply system to avoid drinking, cooking and using water for hygiene oral. Users who smelled foul odor should also avoid using the water for dishes, baths, and laundry.

The first tests on the water tanks and reserves were inconclusive, but samples have been sent for more sensitive testing and these results are expected later in the week.

The navy said it was emptying water lines for the third time on Tuesday afternoon. Residents of affected housing areas were instructed to flush their individual pipes, which involves running the water for about three to five minutes.

The town hall schedule is below.

 What:   Command Ombudsmen/Key Spouse Information Meeting
 When:  6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30
 Where: Hickam Theater, 7393 Ohana Nui Circle #7371, Honolulu, 96818

 What:   Moanalua Terrace Housing Community Town Hall
 When:  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30 
 Where: Moanalua Terrace Community Center (formerly Forest City), 2500 Radford Drive,   Honolulu, 96818
  
 What:   Hickam Housing Community Town Hall
 When:  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30
 Where: Hickam Theater, 7393 Ohana Nui Circle #7371, Honolulu, 96818

 What:   Halsey, Radford, Catlin Housing Community Town Hall
 When:  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30
 Where: Halsey Terrace Community Center, 620 Pool Street, Honolulu 96818 

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The Navy has asked residents to call (808) 448-2570, (808) 448-3262 and (808) 448-2583 to help identify locations with these problems.


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