Air Force Cleans Up After Water Contamination

Bottled water will be distributed in AZ communities until April.

Military firefighting tactics are having negative repercussions as a high level of the toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam were discovered in the drinking water that services 1,600 homes in Phoenix, Arizona. The use of these fire retardants is not currently regulated. The Air Force and local officials are working together to provide bottled water for the present time.

This is not the first time Southwestern states have taken up this issue with the U.S. Air Force. In 2019, New Mexico sued the Air Force after several bases contaminated local water supplies with dangerous chemicals, and this year the state challenged a federal court decision to consolidate hundreds of similar water contamination cases into one.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Air Force to be effective in cleaning up this recent contamination.
  • That state and local officials are able to address the issue with the military.
  • For the EPA as they begin talks regarding the regulation of these toxic chemicals.

Sources: AP, NPR


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