Pearl Harbor military families report sickness due to fuel in local tap water

Municipal water has reportedly caused illness symptoms in numerous families.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
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Multiple military families stationed at Naval Station Pearl Harbor have recently reported becoming ill after drinking local tap water that was contaminated with petroleum.

The Navy confirmed late this week that one of its wells had been contaminated with fuel. Officials said they would flush the system clean to ensure the petroleum was removed from supply pipelines. 

The process will reportedly take up to two weeks. None of the fuel leaked into the environment, the Navy said. 

Families in the area reported symptoms such as nausea and stomach cramps after drinking local water.