Dayton City Commission meeting giving a water update
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WGRT)- A special Dayton City Commission meeting was held in Springfield. It was the first of a two-day meeting that covered a range of topics including community engagement, the human relations council, and policy structure budget.
One of the main topics discussed was a water update. Just last month notices were sent to Dayton water customers. This was updating customers on the levels of a potentially harmful substance, by the name of PFAS, in the water supply. At the meeting, Dayton City Commission gave an update about PFAS and new technology detecting early on contaminates in water aquifers.
“We have our consultants, we have our lobbyist, we have the regulating agencies who are helping us keep an ear to the ground,” said City Manager, Shelley Dickstein.
Fox45 has been telling you about the issues connected to Wright-Patterson Airforce base and PFAS for months now. PFAS is a chemical from a firefighting foam once used to extinguish jet fuel fires. Dickstein said PFAS levels are well below the EPA standard.
“Right now, we have the EPA advising that 70 parts per trillion is the health advisory limit,” said Dickstein. “We in the city of Dayton are well, well, well, below that.”
She also added this is not only a problem in Dayton, but an issue throughout the country.
“There’s a lot of concern. The problem is there’s not a lot of science directing or informing us on how to deal with that concern, said Dickstein.”
Since the issue has risen, City Commission has hired environmental scientists and a risk assessor.
“A series of consultants and scientists that have areas of expertise that help round out what the city has in their expertise. So, that we can again be aggressive in managing threats in the source water protection area,” said Dickstein.
The city of Dayton currently has 300 monitoring wells. City commission confirmed they are adding 150 monitoring wells to increase the intensity of source water protection and contaminate detection. So far, they have 90 installed. By the end of the year there will be a total of 450 monitoring wells.
“It’s a way in large a way for us to reduce risk and threat exposure to the source water aquifer that the well area protects,” said Dickstein.