Contaminants found in monitoring wellUPDATED 7:09 PM HST May 21, 2014Video Transcript
New troubling information about the threat to drinking water wells that supply much of Honolulu. The Navy has told state Health officials it has now found diesel in a monitoring well under Tripler Hospital, along with a trace amount of lead. The new information came to light during a city council hearing on a resolution calling for state health officials to act quickly to resolve a recent fuel spill at Red Hill. An estimated 27-thousand gallons of jet fuel was released from one of the military's underground fuel storage tanks four months ago. 40:4O- 40:57 "IT IS NEW INFORMATION TO US AND THE NAVY AND IT REALLY HEIGHTENS THE CONCERN THAT CONTAMINATION IN THE GROUNDWATER MAY HAVE SPREAD. THERE COULD BE ANOTHER ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SOURCE OF CONTAMINATION AT THAT TRIPLER MONITER WELL. EITHER WAY, IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS," Meanwhile there are new pictures released by the Navy of the inspection that is underway of underground tank number-5. State health officials say while the recent discovery still needs to be verified, it believes it underscores the need to move quickly to protect our drinking water source.