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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2022

Board of Water Supply Disappointed With Navy’s Filing to Appeal Department of Health’s Emergency Order

HONOLULU – The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is extremely disappointed with the U.S. Navy decision to appeal the Department of Health’s emergency order in federal and state court.  After repeatedly assuring legislators, regulators, and the public that it would comply with the emergency order and defuel the tanks, the Navy’s decision to appeal underscores the reality that the Navy and Department of Defense gives priority to storing fuel above a drinking water aquifer rather than the health and safety of the people of Oahu.  The BWS is reviewing the appeals and cannot comment further to this on-going legal matter.

About the Board of Water Supply

The Board of Water Supply (BWS), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, manages Oahu’s municipal water resources and distribution system.  As the largest water utility in the State, the BWS serves approximately one million customers on Oahu.  The BWS embraces its mission of “Water for Life – Ka Wai Ola” – to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply, now and into the future.  Uwē  ka lani, ola ka honua – “When the heavens weep, the earth lives.”  For more information, visit, follow @BWSHonolulu or like the BWS’s Facebook page at



Kathleen Elliott-Pahinui
Information Officer
Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Phone: (808) 748-5319