Dec 11, 2017

Private Well Owners Search for Answers

Well owners implore Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., to provide long-term solutions

Private well owners search for answers

Private well owners near the Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., are still drinking bottled water seven months after high levels of perfluorinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS were found contaminating groundwater. The air force revealed test results May 16 advising residents not to drink or cook with city water.

Since the results, the impacted city, Airway Heights, has flushed water through the city’s water system in an attempt to remove the chemicals and officially deemed the tap water safe to drink again June 8. Private well owners, however, are still relying on bottled water provided by the Fairchild Air Force Base.

One well owner, Julie Dibble, said, "I feel like we are numbers on a map. Why don't we know what's going on, why don't we know or have the plan for the future, why don't we have filters that were promised?" The residents affected by the groundwater contamination hope for a long-term solution to their water quality problem.

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