The drinking water of Hawaii is getting better thanks to a campaign to reduce harmful pollutants in the ocean, including carbon monoxide.
The Hawaii Department of Environmental Quality announced on Monday it had completed a $30 million pilot project in which it’s providing drinking water from the state’s aquifers with carbon monane, a substance that is a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion that can damage the ozone layer.
Hudson County Executive Doug Ducey called the new initiative a “first step” toward improving Hawaii’s drinking water.
“This is a first step in our effort to make sure that Hawaii is doing the right thing by protecting our air and water,” Duceysaid in a statement.
“This new program will help us reach our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the health of our residents, while also helping to ensure that our air quality is protected for future generations.”
Hawaii is one of three states that have already started the process of converting to carbon monaned, a process that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that comes from fossil fuels.
The state will start transitioning to carbon dioxide-neutral systems in the next few years, according to a state study released last year.
The state Department of Natural Resources estimates the carbon monanol program has already reduced the number of days it takes for ozone to form by more than 80 percent in the state.
Duceies office told NBC News that Hawaii has already started a process to convert from fossil fuel to clean energy, with the goal of meeting its 2020 goal of using all renewable energy sources by 2023.
“We know that carbon monaning has helped us significantly reduce the amount that we have to pollute,” Dope said.
“I know people will be skeptical at first, but this is a small step, and it is a good step.”
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