State Health Officials: Drink Up, the Water is Fine

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Honolulu's tap water is safe to drink and does not pose a cancer risk — despite an alarming report last month that showed otherwise, state health experts said.

In an informational briefing before legislators Wednesday, Hawaii Department of Health officials testified that while trace amounts of hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen, might have been found in some Honolulu tap water, it wasn't present at levels that pose significant health risks.

Last month, a report by the Environmental Working Group found Honolulu's water ranked second among 31 cities for hexavalent chromium.

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