Navy begins construction on 2 groundwater monitoring wells in Red Hill

Photo: Navy Region Hawaii

The U.S. Navy has begun work on installing two new groundwater monitoring wells near its Red Hill fuel storage facility.

There are currently seven groundwater monitoring wells in the vicinity.

Navy officials say these new tanks will help monitor the movement of groundwater and alert officials when there’s a contamination to the water supply.

“The siting and installation of these additional groundwater monitoring wells is a direct result of the collaboration between the Navy, state Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and our combined interest to further refine understanding of how ground water moves near the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage facility,” said Aaron Poentis, environmental program director, Navy Region Hawaii.

In January, the Navy announced a possible leak of up to 27,000 gallons of jet fuel, although tests determined fuel did not enter the island’s drinking water supply.

Construction of these new wells is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

Ground monitoring wells are different from drinking water collection sources, and are built to detect potential contaminants and provide information on groundwater movement and behavior.

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