2016 Annual Water Quality Report Published July 21, 2017 By Airman 1st Class Suzanna Plotnikov 81st Training Wing Public Affairs KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight released the January through December 2016 Annual Water Quality Report for Keesler as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The report provides details about where the base water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. Keesler’s drinking water comes from the Lower Graham Ferry Aquifer, a groundwater source. The water at Keesler is treated by disinfection; the addition of Chlorine or other disinfectants to kill dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that may be in the water. The water assessment determines the quality of the raw water used for drinking water. “Drinking water, including bottled water, contains at least small amounts of some contaminants,” said Maj. Daniel Schneider, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer. The contaminants found in the water at Keesler were Chlorine, Haloacetic Acids, Total Trihalomethanes, Barium, Chromium, Fluoride and Xylenes. “All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants,” said Schneider. “At low levels, these substances are generally not harmful in our drinking water. Removing all contaminants would be extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protection of public health.” For more information, contact Schneider, at (228) 376-0590. For the full report click here.