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Navy report: Multiple errors poisoned Pearl Harbor water

Hawaii Tainted Water
Posted at 7:27 PM, Jun 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-30 22:27:40-04

A Navy investigation is revealing how shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor's tap water last year.

The leak poisoned thousands of people and forced 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 through November 2021 when fuel got into a drinking water well.

“The lack of critical thinking, intellectual rigor, and self-assessment by key leaders at decisive moments exemplified a culture of complacency and demonstrated a lack of professionalism that is demanded by the high consequence nature of fuel operations,” the report said.