By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- The 2015 Navy Water Quality Reports were distributed to all Navy, Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD) and some non-DoD customers in Hawaii, June 19.
"Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii is the Navy's water purveyor in Hawaii and its personnel operate six water systems," said Aaron Poentis, Environmental Business line director. "Providing safe drinking water to customers is a mission critical responsibility we take very seriously."
The six water systems owned and operated by NAVFAC Hawaii are located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Camp Stover, Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Lualualei, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTMAS PAC) Wahiawa, Barbers Point (Kalaeloa), and Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) Kauai. Annual reports are developed for each system, with the exception of NAVMAG Lualualei which does not require a report since it does not service any residents.
As with all other drinking water providers throughout the nation, NAVFAC Hawaii is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to report test results on water that has been delivered over the past year. These annual Water Quality Reports, also called the Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs), provide data on the quality of drinking water provided to Navy water consumers. They include information on the sources of water, health effects, compliance status, and other related statistics. They also contain tables listing all contaminants detected in the water at levels above the EPA's prescribed minimum detection limits.
Navy-provided water is from groundwater sources similar to that of the city's Board of Water Supply. In accordance with Navy policy, it is chlorinated and fluoridated as indicated in the reports.
"In 2014, all Navy water sampling/testing met federal and state drinking water standards and the results were provided to state regulators as required for review and analysis." said Poentis. "Our annual reports deliver this information to water consumers to educate them, as well as ensure confidence that the drinking water is completely safe."
The 2015 Water Quality Reports are mailed or hand-delivered to NAVFAC Hawaii's customers in June. Customers are asked to read and distribute or post the report in highly-visible or high-traffic areas so that all water users may see them.
For military housing residents, the distribution of Water Quality Reports is handled through various housing management offices.
* JBPHH Water System - Most Navy housing residents near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam should contact Forest City's Residential Management Office at the Aloha Center (Moanalua Shopping Center - 4825 Bougainville Street, Suite 100).
* JBPHH Water System - Air Force housing residents on JBPHH Hickam-side may contact Hickam Communities (211 Mercury Street).
* JBPHH Water System - Kapilina Beach Homes (Iroquois Point area) housing residents may contact Carmel Partners (5910 Gannett Avenue)
* Barbers Point Water System - Housing residents should contact their housing office, Kalaeloa Rental Homes (4285 Independence Road).
* Camp Stover and NCTAMS PAC Water Systems - Housing residents should contact Forest City's Pearl City office (557 Lehua Avenue).
* PMRF Kauai Water System - Reports for this system will be distributed by the NAVFAC Hawaii Public Works Department at Barking Sands.
In addition, all reports are electronically available via NAVFAC Hawaii's public website at http://go.usa.gov/3E9MR. The new 2015 versions were posted June 17.
If you are unable to obtain a hard or electronic copy of the 2015 Water Quality Report, please contact NAVFAC Hawaii's Public Affairs Office at (808) 471-7300 or the command's Environmental Compliance Office at (808) 471-1171 Ext. 203.