Navy report: Multiple errors poisoned Pearl Harbor water

A Navy investigation released on Thursday revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbors tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels.


PTI | Pearlharbor | Updated: 01-07-2022 07:33 IST | Created: 01-07-2022 07:33 IST
Navy report: Multiple errors poisoned Pearl Harbor water

A Navy investigation released on Thursday revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor's tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels. The investigation is the first detailed account of how jet fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, leaked into a well that supplied water to housing and offices in and around Pearl Harbor. The report listed a cascading series of mistakes from May 6, 2021, when operator error caused a pipe to rupture and 21,000 gallons of fuel to spill when fuel was being transferred between tanks. The fuel spilled into a fire suppression line, sat there for six months and then spilled again when a cart rammed into it on November 20.

Military medical teams examined some 6,000 people for nausea, headaches, rashes and other symptoms. The military moved about 4,000 mostly military families into hotels for months while they waited for their water to be safe again.

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