The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight released the Luke Air Force Base 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality May 20.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking water and any health risks.
There are currently more than 80 contaminants regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Most of these contaminants are not found in the Luke AFB potable water. BE routinely monitors for microbial, organic and inorganic chemical contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, and radioactive contaminants at the frequencies required by federal and state laws. These monitoring results are outlined in the full report. The report identifies any violations the system has received in the past year and details any health impacts associated with the detected contaminants.
Luke AFB did not have any violations for 2013. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses an immediate health risk. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, a notification will be released within 24 hours. Other instances of noncompliance such as missed monitoring and positive bacteriological results will be promptly reported in the Thunderbolt.
The full CCR can be found at the Luke AFB Library, bioenvironmental engineering office (Bldg. 810), Luke Home Page and Belfour Beatty Community Center.
For more information regarding the CCR, call BEE at 623-856-7521. For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.