Drinking water advisory at Wright-Patt AFB

Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Photo/WDTN Staff)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials and the Ohio EPA announced a drinking water advisory late Friday.

The base will provide alternate drinking water in Area A to pregnant and lactating women, and infants.

The Base says this is in response to the new lifetime health advisory for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) issued by the U.S EPA.

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The action comes from samples collected on base in Area A on April 19, 2016 which showed PFOS levels of 110 parts per trillion.  The new U.S. EPA standard is now 70 ppt.  The base points out that prior to the new standard, Wright-Patterson was in compliance and within prescribed limits.

Base officials are recommending those women that are pregnant, lactating or use water for infant formulas to use alternative water sources until further notice.  Water distribution for those identified will be available at Fire Station #1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Wright-Patt provided information about what to do if you’re affected.

What should you do?

  • The Ohio Department of Health recommends pregnant and lactating women use an alternative source of water.
  • The Ohio Department of Health recommends parents use formula that does not require the addition of water or use bottled water when mixing formula.
  • According to USEPA, adults, other than pregnant and lactating women, and non-bottle fed children can drink the tap water. U.S. EPA considers PFOS a concern to fetuses and infants. However, if you have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.
  • Boiling, freezing, or letting water stand does not reduce the PFOS level.

What happened? What is being done?

PFOS is a chemical used in some fire suppressant foams that were previously used on the base. Base officials are taking actions to correct the problem as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact the Installation Public Affairs Office at 937-522-3252.

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