HONOLULU (KHON2) — On Monday, Dec. 20, Navy officials said they will start the first phase of flushing out its water system as large water filtration systems will begin to arrive in the islands.
These water filtration systems are meant to clean out the Navy’s contaminated water.
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The first phase will begin at the Pearl City peninsula and AMR neighborhoods. This plan will break down the 250 miles of piping into 19 zones, according to the Navy.
“We’ve developed those zones so we can individually flush each zone, we flush the system. we confirm it’s safe, and then we flush the homes and test a percentage of the homes that represent a good sample and that we’re able to declare — neighborhood by neighborhood — that the drinking water is in fact safe for consumption,” explained Capt. Miguel Dieguez.
Dieguez also added that the entire process will take between 30 to 45 days to complete. The Navy also held another town hall meeting on Saturday, Dec. 18, to discuss the Drinking Water Distribution System Recovery Plan.
Watch the Navy’s full town hall meeting via the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Facebook page:
Legislators also discussed their closed-door meeting with assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment Meredith Berger in a press conference also on Saturday.
Members of the legislature including Sen. Donna Mercado Kim and Rep. Ryan Yamane were in in attendance.
Watch the full meeting below:
One of the ideas that came out of the meeting is for the military to be proactive. Legislators suggested for the military to have media and community availability on a regular basis.
One possibility is to hire a local communications firm to help with the message. Legislators noted that there is different information on the same topic that comes from each military agency which is confusing people.
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Legislators say something has to be done. None of the legislators have seen the plan that was signed by the Navy, Department of Health and the EPA on Dec. 17. Legislators asked the Navy for family centers to help community members in addition to military members.