Fort Drum Says Post's Drinking Water Is Safe In Wake Of Government ReportPosted: Updated:
A government report on dangerous chemicals in Fort Drum's water supply has post officials reassuring soldiers, families and civilians that the drinking water on post is safe to drink.
The Department of Defense report focuses on perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid. It's essentially bad stuff that can cause cancer and other serious health issues.
Those chemicals are on post, on and around the airfield, linked to the use of a firefighting foam that would be sprayed on jet-fuel fires.
The report says 24 wells were tested and 10 came back testing too high for these chemicals.
Fort Drum officials point out the wells that were tested are monitoring wells, not wells used to pull water for drinking. These monitoring wells are situated between where the chemicals sit underground and water fort drum pumps for post water.
"Any (news) report to make soldiers, families and civilians who live and work on Fort Drum worry about the post's drinking water is misleading. Fort Drum's drinking water is safe and tested routinely," said Julie Halpin, a post spokesperson.