A large water main break is affecting tens of thousands of people in the Pearl Harbor area. Navy officials say this could go on for days, if not weeks.
It started around 7:30 Thursday morning. The water main supplies about 85% of daily water use on base. Officials are urging those impacted to limit their water intake until further notice. The water main break is impacting everyone on base and all the Navy properties surrounding the base like the tourist attractions, NOAA, the Navy Exchange, and family housing.
“About 8 to Noon today, we had a little bit of lower pressure in our water, I noticed this morning. When I went to do dishes the water didn’t come out as quick as it should have,” said base resident Caoilin Spiller.
All the attractions remained open but the schools that are on base: Mokulele, Hickam, and Pearl Harbor Kai elementary schools had to close mid-morning.
“It was around 10:30. So we got the call from school to pick them up early because the water pressure, it was not good,” said parent Neryannie Figueroa.
We’re told officials plan to have these schools open tomorrow.
Water conservation measures are in place. Officials are using water from an alternate source, a different pump house. They have enough to supply the Pearl Harbor community which gives them a little cushion until repairs are made.
“That alternate source of water is not an inexhaustible supply. It’s a limited supply,” said Chuck Anthony, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Director of Public Affairs, “Right now we are asking everybody on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and adjacent Navy properties to conserve as much water as possible. Obviously if people need to use water for health and safety reasons just regular, normal cooking, cleaning, taking showers–very short showers, if at all possible. Go ahead and do that sort of activity. We are curtailing all watering of lawns. washing of cars anything that doesn’t have to be done with the use of water, we’re asking all of those residents, military personnel and employees to conserve water as much as possible.”
It’s a 42-inch water main break that’s located behind Home Depot on Kamehameha Highway. We’re told a tremendous amount of water was leaking from the break. Because of that, crews will not be able to start digging the area until tonight, maybe even tomorrow morning at the earliest.
This water main belongs to the Navy, it is not owned by the Board of Water Supply.