Did you know the military has been testing the water at their bases? Almost 30 naval sites have been tested for contamination due to a foam they use for crash tests and fire fighting training. In the meantime, military personnel are supplied bottled water. Well water in nearby rural areas is also being tested for chemicals that may cause prostate, kidney, and testicular cancer. Water testing is the only way to know what’s in your water, so schedule annual water testing with Angel Water today—especially if you live near a military base!
How does the military use water testing?
Since December 2015, the EPA has performed water testing at various military sites across the U.S.. These sites have been tested for contamination from a foam used in crash and fire fighting training. In total, 664 sites will be tested.
So far 28 naval sites have been tested with one in New Jersey and one in Virgina showing contamination levels above the EPA’s standards. Military personnel are being supplied with water bottles to prevent further contamination and dehydration.
Why is Water Testing Important?
Testing water on a regular basis is important because it allows consumers to know what they’re drinking. It also ensures that consumers are safe from contaminants that could get into water. Besides chemicals used at military sites, water tests look for high levels of bacteria, nitrates and man-made chemicals.
Here’s a list of things that could end up in your water:
Fecal waste (Nitrates and Nitrites)
Besides groundwater, the EPA is also testing wells in rural areas near the military sites. They are testing for perfluoridated chemicals in drinking water that have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer.
According to Daily Kos, Chris Evans, of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, credited the Navy with being proactive but said he’s concerned anytime there’s a potential threat to human health and the environment.
“We’ll follow EPA’s lead as this develops,” said Evans, the director of the office of remediation programs.
Water Testing in Illinois
In Illinois, the only way to know that your water is safe is to have it tested on an annual basis. Usually, water problems can be spotted by discoloration or putrid smells, but not all water problems can be identified by the human eye.
Water testing ensures that the water you’re drinking is safe and free of bacteria, fecal waste or man-made chemicals. In Illinois, municipal water sources are tested on an annual basis but private wells are not. This makes testing well water especially important since it is not monitored by the EPA.
Testing Your Water with Angel Water
By getting your water tested by Angel Water, you can identify what’s in your water and you can learn how to remove any unwanted contaminants. We work to educate our customers about purifying water and removing anything that could cause harm.