News & Updates
Each summer, the Water Quality Report from the Board of Water Supply (BWS) is mailed to all customers. Also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), it contains a wealth of information about your water quality.
Oahu is blessed with water that is among the best quality in the world. What we all do and the habits we practice each day will determine both the quality of our water and the quantity available for our use. Monitoring the quality of our water will not matter if we do not take care of our environment as individuals and as a community.
At the BWS, our job is to make sure it is also the safest. That is why water from each of our sources is regularly tested. We must ensure that Oahu's water supply not only meets the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, but also exceeds the most demanding regulations governing the quality of our drinking water.
As mandated under Federal and State law, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and the BWS regularly test Oahu's drinking water for more than 100 different kinds of chemical "contaminants".
At the BWS, our Chemical Laboratory conducts about 30,000 tests annually. In addition, the BWS analyzes approximately 9,290 water samples every year for microbiological contaminants (bacteria). If bacteria are detected, chlorine is added to disinfect the affected system.
Technically, anything found in water is referred to as a contaminant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including natural minerals that enhance its taste and quality. The presence of a contaminant, in itself, does not mean that it is a health risk. It is the amount of a substance in the water that is of most concern.
We believe that keeping the public informed about the quality of its drinking water is an important part of our job. Because the health of all Oahu's people depends on safe drinking water, it is truly our most precious possession. Every water user needs to actively participate in the conservation and protection of our water sources.