Toxins found in water at Luke Air Force Base, customers advised to use bottled water


After toxins have been found in the Valley Utility Water Company provide round Luke Air Force Base, the Air Force is recommending bottled water for ingesting, cooking.

LUKE AFB, Ariz.—About 5,000 Valley Utility Water Company customers in and round Luke Air Force Base have been advised to use bottled water for cooking and ingesting after toxins have been found in water provide wells.

According to a letter from the Air Force despatched to customers affected, the Air Force will distribute bottled water to the customers because the scenario is remedied. 

Customers can start by selecting up bottled water at the pick-up station on Tuesday, Feb. 23, after which a routine bottled water supply service will probably be scheduled. 

The bottled water pickup station is situated at 7011 North El Mirage Road in Glendale and it’ll function 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday via Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. 

The Air Force says the water samples have been submitted for analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), together with perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). “PFOS and PFOA are components present in a variety of commonly used products, including aqueous film-forming foam widely used by the firefighting industry to extinguish petroleum-based fires.”

The Air Force is presently investigating what affect the PFOS and PFOA in firefighting foam used at Luke Air Force Base has had on the Valley Utility Water Company water provide.

There aren’t present ingesting water requirements for the above substances however the Environmental Protection Agency has a Lifetime Health Advisory for PFOS and PFOA in ingesting water that’s to be utilized by federal, state and native ingesting water system operators. 

“The preliminary results indicate that at least one of the water samples from the VUWCO wells exceeded the EPA’s Lifetime HA of 70 parts per trillion (ppt).,” the letter from the Air Force despatched to water customers learn.

The Air Force is recommending these customers use bottled water till a long-term resolution is found. The Air Force plans to work with Valley Utility Water Company to implement and set up remediation measures in its water services.

Below is extra info from the Air Force for customers affected who want to decide up bottled water:

  • Bring a photograph ID and a duplicate of your water invoice and/or the letter you acquired from the Air Force in order that your id and deal with could be verified.
  • Bring the finished Routine Bottled Water Delivery Contact Information type (supplied to residents by mail) for establishing routine bottled water supply.
  • When you arrive at the pick-up station, a consultant from the Air Force or the Air Force’s contractor, HydroGeoLogic, Inc. (HGL), will direct you in and out of the bottled water pick-up location.
  • Once you’re parked, please stay in your automobile. A consultant from HGL will strategy your driver’s aspect window to confirm your info and gather your accomplished Routine Bottled Water Delivery Contact Information type.
  • Once confirmed, you may be requested to pull up close to the storage bins and tent, and HGL workers will load water into your automobile.
  • You will obtain 12, 1-gallon bottles of water throughout your pick-up. It is really useful that you simply use the water for ingesting and cooking.
  • If you want further water prior to your scheduled routine supply, you possibly can return to the pick-up station for extra bottled water in the course of the dates and occasions referenced above.


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