Agency tells Ohio Air Force base to stop drinking water use

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told officials at a southwest Ohio U.S. Air Force base to take a drinking water well off line after tests found high levels of a chemical used to fight fires.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) that the EPA issued the order Friday for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside of Dayton. The EPA says infants and women who are pregnant or are nursing should not drink the water. The EPA says it’s safe for adults to drink.

The problem was discovered after water was drawn from the wells last month. One well was previously taken off line. The base plans to distribute bottled water Saturday.

A base spokeswoman says Wright-Patterson Medical Center has been using bottled water for patients and for food preparation.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,