Drinking water sources in Hawaii, which also includes the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai, have been compromised for years due to corrosion problems, but the city of Honolulu is trying to improve the situation by introducing bottled water into the water supply.
The city announced Friday that it would introduce water in the bottles of bottled water for its water supply, which has a pH of 3.8 or lower, and a concentration of less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of chloramines.
Water in the cans will be available for people to buy in grocery stores and restaurants.
A team of city officials and researchers from the city’s water supply district is working with local businesses and private companies to get the bottles to consumers, according to a news release.
The bottles will be sold to retailers at a price of $3.99 for one bottle and $3,99 for a two-pack of 24 bottles.
The announcement comes at a time when the city is facing widespread criticism about how its water is being treated, particularly after a federal investigation found chloramines were leaching into the drinking water system in Honolulu, which is located about 45 miles (64 kilometers) east of Honolulu.
Cities in the U.S. are required to report water quality problems to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within six months of the agency finding the water quality to be poor or hazardous.
The EPA and the city, which serves more than 100,000 people in Honolulu and Maui, are also investigating how the city has handled the situation.