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Elmendorf, Fort Richardson Water Safe to Consume

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Officials on Elmendorf and Fort Richardson have determined the water on both installations is safe for consumption.

Members on base are asked to turn on all of the hot and cold water taps in their house and allow them to run for 15 minutes as a final clearance measure.

Early Wednesday morning employees at the Doyon Utilities Water Treatment plant on Fort Richardson, which provides water to Elmendorf and Fort Richardson, discovered elevated levels of fluoride in the water.

The equipment responsible for causing the high fluoride levels has been removed from service. Fort Richardson's Preventive Medical Group, Elmendorf's Bioenvironmental Engineering Technicians and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirm that the water in the distribution system meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Based on the most recent field sample analysis throughout the drinking water system being below 2.0 parts per million for fluoride, the public drinking water system is cleared to rescind the Do Not Drink Notice issued to consumers of the water system yesterday, according to Heather Newman of the ADEC.

"We appreciate the base cooperation while we rectified this situation," said Col. Thomas Bergeson, 3rd Wing commander. "The health and welfare of every member on base is very important and we have ensured that the water is now safe to consume."

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