SENATOR DONNA MERCADO KIM ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING
WATER CONTAMINATION OF THE NAVY’S JOINT BASE PEARL
HARBOR-HICKAM WATER SYSTEM
Senator Donna Mercado Kim (District 14 - Kapālama, ‘Ālewa,
Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Hālawa and ‘Aiea) issued a statement today regarding the potential water contamination of the Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) water system:
“I am very disappointed in the Department of Health (DOH) and the United States Navy for the lack of transparency and accountability in distributing timely information to the public on this serious matter. The conflicting information released by both agencies is frustrating and has caused much confusion and distress for residents in my district, many of whom are being affected by this potential contamination.
Despite multiple attempts to gather accurate information to share with my constituents, I have not received clear guidance from any agency on what areas receive water from the JBPHH water system. Public health and safety must remain a top priority and I strongly urge DOH and the Navy to distribute accurate information to the public as soon as possible.
With Red Hill, Nimitz, Mokulele, Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor Kai, Hickam and Iroquois Point elementary schools also impacted, I urge the Department of Education to consider measures to keep students and teachers safe.”