Air Force to install water treatment systems to contaminated wat

Air Force to install water treatment systems to contaminated water wells surrounding Reese Center

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Representatives from the Air Force provided an update for residents who have been impacted by water contamination around the Reese Center.

About a year and a half ago, the Air Force reported water contamination in and around the former air base from firefighting foam. Since then 222 wells have been affected. 

Each known contaminated well will receive a water treatment system paid for and maintained by the Air Force. 

Eric Hiner has a contaminated well. He shared his concerns and said he's unsure of the long-term outcome. 

"They have put a water system in, and I assume it's working. They did give us the test results have the water system was installed. It showed it was all below the appropriate levels, but you know it's more the long-term," he said. "10 years from now are they going to continue to service the system. Do I have to chase people down or will they continue to show up? Right now they just show up, and that's great, but what's the long-term affect of all this, those are my questions."

Air Force Program Manager for the Reese Air Force Base Paul Carroll says it's invested more than $12 million in resolving the issue. 

"The Air Force has already implemented a change in their foam use. They're using a more environmentally-friendly foam now, they've got a process by which they capture, they capture that foam when they use it. So, the active Air Force is taking measures to prevent that foam from being released into the environment in the future."

Once the treatment systems are installed a sample will be taken on a weekly basis to ensure the systems are operating properly. All systems are expected to be in place by the end of June. 

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