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By Shannon Carabajal, AFIMSC Public Affairs
/ Published April 18, 2018
Additionally, the Air Force is finalizing an ESA with Security for the purchase of alternate water.
“We are dedicated to resolving mission impacts to drinking water supplies and safeguarding the health of our community partners in Colorado and around the country. Thanks to our strong partnership with Fountain, Security and Widefield, these agreements will help us protect those communities as we move forward with our investigation in and around Peterson,” said Cornell Long, team lead for AFCEC’s PFOS and PFOA response team.
In 2016, Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory were detected in wells belonging to the three communities. Fountain and Security stopped using the wells and began relying on alternate water sources for the community. Widefield purchased and installed two ion exchange systems to filter out the contamination.
PFOS and PFOA are two compounds found in a firefighting agent formerly used by Air Force emergency fire response teams to combat petroleum-based fires. An investigation, led by AFCEC, into the past firefighting activities on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, found that those activities may have contributed to the contamination.
For more information about the Air Force’s response to PFOS/PFOA, contact the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at 210-925-0956 or visit www.afcec.af.mil/WhatWeDo/Environment/Perfluorinated-Compounds.
To contact the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office, call 719-556-5185 or email email@example.com.
For more information on water quality in the City of Fountain, Colorado please visit https://www.fountaincolorado.org/government/city_departments___divisions/utilities/utilities_departments/water/water_quality/, or call 719-322-2010.