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Hydrate: Sheppard water safe to drink

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  • By Capt. Lindsay Kotouch
  • 82nd Medical Group bioenvironmental engineering flight operations chief
The Annual Consumer Confidence Report on the Quality of Tap Water for Sheppard has been completed.

The purpose of this report is to help consumers understand the quality of water received by Sheppard AFB from the Wichita Falls water system over the course of the previous calendar year of 2013. Under the "Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule" of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, community water systems are required to report this water quality information to the consuming public.

Presented in this report is information about the source of our water, its make up, and the potential health risks, if any, associated with contaminants. The CCR validates that Sheppard's drinking water is well within all federal and state mandated standards and is safe to drink.

Sheppard's bioenvironmental engineering flight routinely monitors water purchased from the City of Wichita Falls (in which the city monitors prior to delivery) for elements in your drinking water in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency regulatory requirements. The Wichita Falls water system conveys surface water via below-grade pipelines from Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo to the cities of Jasper and Cypress water treatment plants. Water supplies are mixed, treated and monitored prior to Wichita Falls and Sheppard AFB distribution.

With approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, BEF is able to post this CCR in its entirety on the Sheppard home page instead of mailing it out to each consumer. This saves valuable time and resources which are precious commodities in our environmentally conscious Air Force.

For more information, or to view the water report in its entirety, go to the following link (2013 CCR) or contact the bioenvironmental engineering office at (940) 676-3080.