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DRINKING WATER PROGRAM AT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE|
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To comply with Safe Drinking Water Act amendments, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials issue an annual report on drinking water quality monitoring. Since we do not have the capability to determine health risks of any chemical compound found in the water, we must rely on the Environmental Protection Agency to tell us what substances are a health risk and what levels are safe for human consumption. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers' understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect our precious water resource.
Drinking water program personnel are responsible for ensuring the base population has an extensive supply of clean drinking water. Representatives from Civil Engineering and Bioenvironmental Engineering meet on a quarterly basis to discuss water quality issues. Civil Engineering is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the water system. Bioenvironmental Engineering is responsible for bacteriological and chemical sampling of the water supply and ensures compliance with all state and federal drinking water laws and regulations.
Information and detailed analysis of water quality at Wright-Patterson AFB is contained in the annual Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report.
Facts about Wright-Patterson AFB Drinking Water Supply
- The base drinking water supply is actually two separate community drinking water systems and includes numerous drinking water production wells on the installation.
- The base produces 3.6 million gallons of water each day.
- Over 2000 water samples annually are analyzed for parameters such as hardness, heavy metals and man-made contaminants.
- About 25,000 customers use base water.
- Uses range from home drinking to heavy industrial.
Modification to Public Drinking Water Systems
The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC 3745-91) requires that anyone making modifications to public drinking water systems including tapping into or rerouting an existing system must submit design documents for review and approval prior to initiation of work. This can be accomplished by notifying the 88 ABW/CEANQ Water Quality Program Manager. This will let us know that you are planning a project that could impact the integrity of our water system. The Civil Engineering Water Quality Program manager will provide you with all needed assistance to make sure your project is not impacted by a delay. Call (937) 257-9009.
Another program which is designed to enhance our ability to provide clean drinking water was actually designed after the City of Dayton's program. Dayton leads the entire country in wellhead protection efforts.
It features control mechanisms to discourage the storage of hazardous chemicals above the aquifer which is our source of water. Wright-Patterson AFB borders different municipalities including Dayton and Fairborn. Both cities already have Wellhead Protection Programs in-force. Both cities programs include specific portions of Wright-Patterson AFB in their region of influence. We provide them with data on what missions are supported in those areas and we restrict the storage of inappropriate chemicals.
Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.
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88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs