Wright-Patt lays out plan to keep PFAS from contaminating water sources

Wright-Patt lays out plan to keep PFAS from contaminating water sources (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is diffusing water concerns.

Officials laid out plans to prevent dangerous chemicals, known as PFAS, from contaminating nearby water sources.

“I can assure you that the water on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is safe," said Lt. Col. Thomas Sherman.

The U.S. Air Force wants to keep it that way.

The push comes after the city of Dayton said earlier in the year chemicals from the Air Force base are contaminating the water source near the Huffman Dam.

“That new testing method allowed for lower detection levels of PFAS, very minute trace amounts," said Department of Water Director, Michael Powell.

The city is assuring customers its water is safe to drink.

Powell says the new technology that can detect trace amounts of PFAS is an opportunity for the city to work with the base to respond to contamination threats sooner.

“So that those contaminants never make it to our water treatment plants, and so that’s the whole plan, to make sure that we have a proactive plan so that this does not become a problem,” said Powell.

"We're constantly watching the science going on right now," said base civil engineer and director, David Perkins. "There are tons of science and technology and people looking into this."

The base says they will continue with site investigations and quarterly sampling with plans to focus on areas that need more attention.

"Where we'd look at is down stream at the end, which is closer to the Huffman Dam end of the base," said Perkins. "That's where the outfall is going to be of the aquifer from Wright-Patt."

The Air Force is also checking water upstream to monitor flow in and out of the base.

But on the top of their list to prevent contamination is continued communication and coordination with neighboring cities.

"I think as long as we stay transparent and we stay working together, I think we'll stay way ahead of this," said Perkins.

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