Read the full article by Tino Bovenzi (Spectrum News 1)
“DAYTON, Ohio — Ensuring clean drinking water is a major focus of Gov. Mike DeWine’s Administration.
So when he penned a letter to the Department of Defense, it raised concerns that there may be an issue of contamination of the city of Dayton’s water source.
In the letter, DeWine states that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base could be a potential source for perfluorooctanoic acid contamination (PFAS).
In the letter DeWine states:
‘Since at least 1970, WPAFB used PFAS-containing firefighting foams during fires and in firefighting exercises and runoff from these activities has migrated into surrounding soils and drained into nearby ditches and stormwater culverts. Wright Patterson Air Force Base has ceased the use of these older generation PFAS-containing fire fighting foams.’
Dayton has a system of monitoring wells, which detected PFAS levels that were over Health Advisory Level (HAL) in 2018.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is adamant about protecting Dayton’s water supply and thanked the governor for his support.
‘I’m really grateful for the governor’s leadership in this and help with the city of Dayton and trying to help get the department of defense to do something,’ Whaley said. ‘The water in the city of Dayton is completely safe but this is a future threat, so what we’re trying to do is to get to an agreement with the department of defense so we can deal with this before it enters the city of Dayton‘s water supply.’
The Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer is 1.5 trillion gallons of water and provides water for roughly 400,000 people in the Dayton area.
Whaley said this issue is very important to address now before it’s too late…”