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A look inside the Navy's plans to discharge water in Halawa stream

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Halawa stream

HONOLULU (KITV4) -- In just a few days the Navy plans to start emptying contaminated water from its Red Hill well into Halawa stream after it's treated.

The project has the green light from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and on Friday, the media was invited to see the operation firsthand.

The Navy will pump up to 5-million gallons of contaminated water a day out of its Red Hill well and run it through GAC filtration units set up outside the facility. The water will then be discharged into Halawa stream.

Officials with both the Navy and the DOH say the water will be safe for the environment but not drinkable.

The Navy could not say how many days, months, or even years it could take to complete the operation.

DOH officials admit that some traces of fuel could be found in the water at acceptable levels. But say they will be testing the water multiple times a day and can pull the plug on the operation at any time.

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