CLOVIS, N.M. — Officials at Cannon Air Force Base say its drinking water is safe but that they’re inspecting groundwater monitoring wells to assess the potential for groundwater contamination from past firefighting activities.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports the inspection is prompted by contaminants found in monitoring wells on the base near Clovis and the contaminants are from foam no longer used in firefighting.
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Base spokesman J.P. Rebello says there's "no known contamination pathways to municipal drinking water sources" and that the inspection is intended to determine whether there's contamination outside the base.
Col. Stewart Hammons, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, said officials are committed to conducting a thorough investigation and to protecting the health of Air Force personnel and area residents.
The water at or around 126 military installations contains potentially harmful levels of perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants.