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Army clarifies events in water flushing video circulating on social media

Navy Water Distribution red hill fuel contamination
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd/Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaiʻi (Jan. 12, 2022) - A potable water tank hatch is opened at a water distribution site. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy Lemmon Jr.)

The U.S. Army clarified what's happening in a video circulating on social media that has raised alarm among some residents of the Aliamanu Military Reservation and Red Hill.

The video shows members of Army Environmental Command investigating a home while conducting water flushing operations amid the contamination of the Navy’s water system in the Pearl Harbor area.

At one point they step outside the home and notice a slight fuel odor. The audio captures one of the team members saying "This is bad."

Army officials said the person was referring to the fact that nearby lawn sprinklers were not on an irrigation map.

The Army says the irrigation system and lines were flushed — and that it is not connected to the drinking water system.

The Army set up its Task Force Ohana to respond to the water contamination crisis. Task Force Ohana will hold a town hall meeting for residents Thursday at 6 p.m. at the AMR Chapel and on Facebook Live.

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