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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst releases annual drinking water consumer confidence reports

Posted 5/26/2011   Updated 5/26/2011 Email story   Print story


by 87th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight

5/26/2011 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is formally releasing the 2010 Consumer Confidence Reports for the three water systems serving the residents here. The CCR is a federally-mandated document summarizing the findings of annual drinking water tests for a public water system.

All water systems exceeded Primary Drinking Water Standards. The water was determined safe to drink.

Each report includes specific system information and water-monitoring results for biological, organic, inorganic and radioactive substances in the water supply. The report also examines if these substances exceed federal limits on water-quality parameters outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Two levels of standards must be met under the current law: primary drinking water standards, establishing drinking water quality levels that protect people's health; and secondary drinking water standards, providing recommendations regarding the taste, odor, color, iron and other aesthetic aspects of the drinking water.

EPA's primary standards for most chemicals are called maximum contaminant levels, or MCLs. The standards are based on what would happen if a person repeatedly drank the same water throughout a period of time, usually 70 years.

An audit conducted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and EPA in 2009 identified aging infrastructure and monitoring equipment requiring improvements at the Dix water treatment facility. EPA issued an administrative order in January 2010 and corrective actions were administered. Facility upgrades to the equipment and tanks brought the Dix water treatment plant to full compliance.

The 2010 CCRs for all JB MDL water systems are available at this public website link:
Hard copies are also available at the United Communities Housing Office, Balfour Beatty Housing Office, Joint Base Library, Warfighter and Family Readiness Centers, Bioenvironmental Engineering Office, and the Dix Correctional Facility.

Call Bioenvironmental Engineering at 754-9057 for health-related questions or the 87th Civil Engineering Squadron at 562-2189 for operations and maintenance questions.

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