Water Deliveries To End As Filter Cuts Contamination Near Luke Air Force Base

Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 3:59pm
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People living near Luke Air Force Base in the West Valley have spent most of 2021 using bottled water after high levels of chemicals were found in their tap water.

The military says it’s now safe for them to use water from the faucet again.

The military in January had testing done on water from wells near Luke Air Force Base. The results showed there were man-made chemicals called PFAS above the level that the Environmental Protection Agency has said can cause health risks.

The Air Force then said it would deliver water for drinking and cooking to thousands of residents and business owners.

Now officials say a newly installed filter system has reduced PFAS contamination levels in the wells, and bottled water deliveries will soon end.

PFAS contamination of groundwater near military facilities also forced the closure of a Tucson treatment plant in late June. 

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