NALF Fentress receiving bottled water as a precaution

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Navy is providing bottled drinking water to some of its employees in Chesapeake after tests showed a high level of a certain chemical.

Officials say the water is being provided at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress just as a precaution.


The chemical is commonly found in fire extinguishing foam that is used during training exercises on base.

The Navy says the chemical found is not regulated by the EPA right now – but they decided to play it safe.

Parameter Drinking Water Concentrations EPA PHA Level Exceeds EPA PHA Level  
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) 1 0.2 Yes  
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) 1.8 0.4 Yes  
*1 part per billion (ppb) = 1 microgram per liter (ug/L)

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