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A joint task force is scheduled to begin opening the Red Hill pipeline on October 25

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A joint task force says it expects to begin releasing 1 million gallons of fuel from Red Hill pipelines on Oct. 25 as the Navy’s water main break is repaired.

Capt. Mark Sohaney, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, says major breaks have been repaired and the boil water advisory is expected to be lifted for more than 90,000 customers by late Friday or Saturday.

Crews were seen repairing a break on Meyercord Loop in Kathleen Park on Thursday. Workers told Hawaii News Now that the break is not on the main line, but instead on the side line, which would affect fewer homes.

Meanwhile, Governor Ige and the state’s top environmental, health and water leaders are asking Hawaii residents to “Imagine a Day Without Water” as part of a national campaign.

“I don’t oversee the Navy’s water system, but I hope that recent experiences have alerted the Navy, Navy and Department of Defense officials to the importance of the infrastructure that provides drinking water to their people,” said Ernie Lau, chief engineer and head of the water supply department.

“I am very saddened by what is happening at Pearl Harbor,” he said.

“I was recently asked what keeps me up at night and my answer was healthy water. We need to preserve a healthy aquifer for our future generations,” said Kathleen Ho, deputy director of the Department of Health.

State of the Earth President Suzanne Case also reminded people to be mindful of the effects of climate change leading to droughts, fire threats and impacts on forests, all of which affect our precious water.

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