On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Navy personnel responded to a call received at 6:30 a.m. regarding a wastewater spill near Merry Point Landing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam. Crews were immediately dispatched and found that wastewater had overflowed from three manholes in front of a lift station. It then entered an adjacent storm drain that empties into the harbor.
The 1,700 gallon spill was mostly unrecoverable. The land-area near the manholes was cleaned up and sanitized by 7:40 a.m.
The overflow resulted from an electrical malfunction at a nearby lift station. All wastewater operations are back to normal and the electrical issue repaired.
The impacted receiving water, Pearl Harbor, is controlled by the Navy and notifications to personnel and staff to limit access were quickly completed with necessary signage posted.
The Navy made all necessary notifications to the State Department of Health (DOH) as required. This public notification is a requirement of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operating Permit and designed to protect human health and the environment.