Washington Post: Water Pollution Forced American Military Families To Leave Pearl Harbor
Hawaii) after poisoning with tap water. The Washington Post.
Families of the military have complained about the foul smell of tap water and the oily sheen. They also noted symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and migraines. At the same time, the soldiers distributed bottled water so that the residents of Pearl Harbor-Hickham base could brush their teeth, and the Marines had to hand over clean linen to families, since it was not possible to wash it on their own. According to one woman, her child vomited for several days, and the dog's condition deteriorated so much that the animal had to be euthanized.
Victims also said that the military and civilian leadership was in no hurry to respond to complaints. At the same time, the first data on contaminated water were received on November 29. Officials said last week that the drinking water source was contaminated with oil. According to the Navy, there are about 2,700 homes in 10 communities in the affected area. Those who left their homes at the base were accommodated in hotels, they were provided with medical care.
US Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro apologized to residents and promised to restore the water supply system and restore families' trust in the military leadership.
In 2018, 21 adults and 19 children were hospitalized after drinking water poisoning from a tap in the city of Shakhty, Rostov Region.