Navy to test drinking water of some residents near NAS Oceana

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Naval Air Station Oceana is inviting nearby residents to a public meeting about drinking water.

Officials are holding the meeting to share information and answer questions about the Navy’s plans to sample drinking water from private drinking water wells near Oceana to determine if they are contaminated with the perflourinated compounds (PFCs).

Background information on NAS Oceana

The Navy is reaching out to nearby homeowners and businesses using private wells in the sampling area to ask for permission to test drinking water. Results from the testing will be shared with property owners who consent to the testing.

Drinking water provided by the City of Virginia Beach has been tested and PFCs were not found, therefore testing drinking water at homes that receive city water isn’t necessary.

The meeting will be held Thursday, December 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Columbian Club of Virginia Beach, located at 1236 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach. It will include informational displays and representatives from the Navy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Virginia Beach, and the Virginia Department of Health will be on hand.

In Chesapeake, residents living near Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress had their drinking water tested after PFCs were found in drinking water from base wells. Some of the wells tested had levels above the EPA’s provisional health advisory for PFCs.

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