Navy: Tests show drinking water at off-base housing in Chesapeake is safe


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Navy says recent test results show the drinking water for off-base housing around the Hampton Roads-Northwest Annex near Chesapeake is safe.

Earlier this year, there was concern about whether certain chemicals used by the Navy had migrated through groundwater to private drinking water wells.

The Navy decided to sample private drinking wells in designated areas neighboring Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads – Northwest Annex near Chesapeake. They wanted to make sure that certain chemicals used by the Navy hadn’t migrated through groundwater to private drinking water wells. 

A Navy spokesman says in the latest sampling, very little PFAs — which are chemicals used in firefighting foam — were detected in the water. In the places they were detected, they were below the limits set by the EPA. 

“There hasn’t been any remediation done because it hasn’t been required based on the levels that were detected. Of the 67 samples, 58 of them came back with no detections at all,” said Capt. Jonathan Kline, Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.

The Navy says it is sending out postcards to surrounding residents — if they would want a second sample of their well water just to be sure.

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