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Drinking water monitoring

Aug. 4, Keesler received a notice of violation from the Mississippi Department of Health for failure to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

"We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a monthly basis," said Maj. David Hunt, bioenvironmental engineering flight commander for the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron. "Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards.

"July 15, a routine bacteriological sample tested positive for total coliforms," he explained. "The law requires that valid resamples be collected for each positive routine sample. We did not collect the required number of resamples within the 24 hour regulatory timeline. We did collect samples July 29 and the results showed no coliform growth and no threat to the water system safety or public health.

"There is nothing you need to do at this time," Major Hunt stated. "Even though this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened.

"Our water system operators monitor the drinking water system on a daily basis for contamination indicators," he continued. "All indicators have been and continue to be within normal operating limits and the water system is free from contaminants. We have modified our processes to improve communications and timeliness of sampling events.

If you know of others that may not have received this information already, please share this information with them. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail."

For more information, call bioenvironmental engineering, 228-376-0590.