Ho'okele Staff | Sep 18, 2015
Navy shows commitment to keeping the drinking water safe – no matter what
Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
The Navy invited members of the board of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, their consultants and other local stakeholders to visit the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage facility Sept. 15.
Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, welcomed the visitors for a tour and discussion to show how the Navy is keeping the drinking water safe while preserving energy security.
“Our non-negotiable priority is keeping the drinking water safe,” said Fuller. “Our Navy is fully committed to environmental stewardship and safe drinking water,” he added.
“The Red Hill fuel facility is a national strategic asset that provides the fuel necessary to defend our nation, safeguard our national interests, and support humanitarian missions overseas,” Fuller said.
Over the summer, Fuller and other Navy leaders have provided familiarization visits to dozens of elected officials, regulators and other stakeholders. Among the senior elected officials who toured the facility and received briefings since July were Sen.Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Congressman Mark Takai and Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
The Navy tests groundwater at several locations, conducts routine drinking supply compliance sampling, and submits test results to regulatory agencies for review and evaluation. The Navy continues to modernize, upgrade and improve the facility.