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Base water quality report released

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | | June 24, 2010

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany has published its 2010 annual Water Quality Report.

The report can be found as an insert inside this edition of The Emblem.

The results of the report must be published by July 1 each year, according to the Clean Water Act of 1974 and Georgia’s Rules for Safe Drinking Water.

“Releasing the results lets everyone know that the water aboard MCLB Albany is good-quality water and that it meets the Georgia Environmental Protection Division standards,” said Robert Metts, pollution prevention supervisor, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany.

“The report discloses what we test for and the parameters of the test which is required by the state of Georgia,” said John Topper, environmental protection specialist, I & E Div.

Some of the items tested include lead, copper, chlorine, nitrate and fluoride.

Each year the testing for organic and inorganic contaminants vary. Some are tested annually and others every three years.

Samples are taken from three wells, which are approximately 1,000 feet deep, aboard the base by state certified licensed operators and sent to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for testing.

Metts added that the state certified licensed operators help sustain the high-quality water level by flushing the lines on base periodically and making sure there is adequate water pressure on base.

Although the samples for the report are taken annually, the wells are monitored more frequently.

“Every month we provide five microbiological samples to the state,” Metts said. “Chlorine and fluoride samples are taken daily by the state certified licensed operators.

Metts added that water lines are currently being replaced throughout the base.

“We are replacing the main water lines in the warehouse areas to maintain the high-quality water level required by the state,” he said. “Some of the pipe lines are more than 50 years old.”

Topper re-emphasized that the quality of water aboard the base is good, but water lines may need to be flushed out periodically to keep the water circulating through the water lines.

“If a Marine is on leave for an extended amount of time, when he gets back he may want to turn on the faucet and let the water run for a couple of minutes before using,” Topper said. “Water that sets in the water lines for an extended amount of time and not used can become stagnant.”


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