“LUBBOCK — Alternative drinking water supplies are being distributed to those affected by water contamination detected through a comprehensive Air Force site inspection at the former Reese Air Force Base.

Inspectors have identified 19 private drinking water wells and one public water well with levels of perfluorinated compounds deemed to be at or above the health advisory levels set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a statement from the U.S. Air Force. They’re still looking for others.

‘It’s a health advisory,’ said Mark Kinkade with United States Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center public affairs. ‘It’s not a regulation.’…

Murvat Musa, executive director of the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority, said the contamination does not apply to the parties located on the former Air Force base.

‘We purchase our water from the city of Lubbock — we have since the Air Force left,’ Musa said. ‘Nobody out here drinks groundwater. We connect to the city water lines.’

Surrounding property owners are the ones affected, Musa said.”

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