The Navy announced Saturday it completed initial flushing and testing of the water distribution lines at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

Positive test results from the system-wide flush could allow the service to begin flushing affected homes and buildings, paving the way for residents to return to their houses or begin using water from their taps.

While the Navy is making progress on clearing out tainted water, the federal government and Hawaii Department of Health are seeking input from residents of military housing near base to better understand the health effects of a fuel spill that resulted in thousands being exposed to petroleum in their drinking water.

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