Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base expects to decide by the end of the week whether or not it will comply with an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency order to shut down a drinking water well because of contamination concerns, a base spokeswoman said Monday.

EPA instructed Wright-Patterson to issue a health advisory notice Friday urging an alternative water source for infants, and pregnant or lactating women. The base distributed between 2,000 to 2,500 bottles of water over the weekend to those affected, a spokeswoman said.

Wright-Patterson "will not face penalties" if it does not take the drinking well offline, Heidi Griesmer, the agency’s deputy director of communications, said in an email Monday. However, she added, it "will not be able to lift the drinking water advisory until they have monitoring data that shows that the (contamination) levels have decreased to below the health advisory level."

Civil engineers were assessing the impact if the well that serves Area A is closed and will recommend what action the installation commander, Col. John M. Devillier, should pursue, base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said Monday. Area A includes Air Force Materiel Command headquarters, the base’s hospital, housing units and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. She said some 16,500 people either work or live in Area A.

"We anticipate a…

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