• Fort’s drinking water comes from city

  • “Fort Leavenworth water is safe to drink,” said Dale Cleland, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division chief.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    “Fort Leavenworth water is safe to drink,” said Dale Cleland, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division chief.
    According to a recent Military Times article, Fort Leavenworth is on a list of military bases with drinking water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are man-made chemicals used in many household items, as well as firefighting foams used at military airfields.
    “Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, sits at the top of the Army’s list, with 10 different types of PFAS totaling 4,022 parts per trillion,” according to the article.
    The sample was taken from one of five underground wells near Sherman Army Airfield. Though the well in question is contaminated, it is not the source of post’s drinking water and has not been used since 2016. Additionally, none of the five wells have been the source of post’s drinking water since January 2018, Cleland said.
    Fort Leavenworth gets its drinking water from the city of Leavenworth’s water plant, which has never detected any PFAS.
    “We will not be using our drinking water wells again until we have put an appropriate filtration system on them,” Cleland said.
    Fort Leavenworth’s drinking water has been privatized with American Water since 2003, said Brett Wobker, DPW Energy Division chief.
    “No additional treatment is done on the water provided from the city of Leavenworth,” Wobker said. “The water is delivered to the installation from a connection with the city and then dispersed through the installation’s water distribution system — a network of underground pipes.”
    American Water owns the pipes that distribute the water, the tanks where the water is stored and the sewer lines that take the used water back off post, Cleland said.
    For more information, call Cleland at 684-8977 or e-mail dale.d.cleland.civ@mail.mil.
    The city’s water quality report is available at http://www.lvnwater.com/19wqr.pdf.
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