Air Force Base, Dayton Region Need to Stick Together to Address Water Issues, Commander Says

Air Force Base, Dayton Region Need to Stick Together to Address Water Issues, Commander Says

Col. Bradley McDonald, outgoing commander of Wright-Patterson AFB’s 88th Air Base Wing, underscored the need for the installation and its surrounding communities to work together to address ongoing concerns over the safety of the area’s drinking water. “We are inextricably linked,” McDonald told the Dayton Daily News days before he steps down. “There’s no separation between Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Miami Valley.”

McDonald and municipal leaders have met monthly over the past two year to discuss concerns regarding the potential for groundwater contamination stemming from the Air Force’s past use of firefighting foam migrating off base. The city of Dayton, Ohio, demanded the Air Force address the threat in January; the city also has asked the Air Force to reimburse it almost $1 million for the cost of tracking the contamination. The contaminants have not been detected in treated drinking water supplies, however. “That’s the most important thing,” McDonald said. “The second item is that we have a common interest in making sure the water remains safe moving forward.”

Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez

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