(Via Ho’okele News)
Story and photo by Denise Emsley
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii
The Navy’s 2014 Water Quality Reports are being distributed to all Navy, Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD) and some non-DoD customers in Hawaii beginning June 23.
“Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii operates six water systems and takes its mission of providing safe drinking water to customers very seriously,” said Aaron Poentis, environmental business line director.
“We understand this important responsibility and have the knowledge and talent to make sure the treatment and distribution of this resource is properly executed in an efficient and secure manner.”
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 by including 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.
“All sampling and testing is done by following strict protocols and performed by certified experts with the results provided by the Navy to state regulators for review and analysis,” said Poentis.
“The annual reports deliver this information to water consumers to educate them as well as confirm to them that the drinking water is completely safe and meeting all federal and state drinking water standards,” he said.
The six water systems owned and operated by NAVFAC Hawaii are located at: Barbers Point (Kalaeloa), Camp Stover, Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Lualualei, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTMAS PAC) Wahiawa, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) 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.
All Navy-provided water is from ground water 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 June of each year, hard copies of the annual water quality report are mailed or hand-delivered to NAVFAC Hawaii’s command customers. These customers are asked to post the report in highly-visible or high-traffic areas so that 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 St., suite 100).
* JBPHH Water System – Air Force housing residents at JBPHH Hickam-side may contact Hickam Communities (211 Mercury St.).
* JBPHH Water System -Iroquois Point housing residents may contact Waterfront at Puuloa (5105 Iroquois Ave.).
* Camp Stover and NCTAMS PAC Water Systems Housing residents should contact Forest City’s Pearl City office (557 Lehua Ave.).
* Barbers Point Water System Housing residents should contact their housing office, Kalaeloa Rental Homes (4285 Independence Road).
* 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://ow.ly/yFW3P. The new 2014 versions were posted June 23.
If unable to obtain a hard copy or electronic copy of the 2014 Water Quality report, contact NAVFAC Hawaii’s Public Affairs at 471-7300 or the command’s environmental compliance office at 471-1171, ext. 203