Drinking water concern in administrative building triggers corrective action

Drinking water concern in administrative building triggers corrective action

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18th Wing Public Affairs

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- A recent facility inspection at an administrative building identified a lack of appropriate signs on specific water fountains. These fountains had previously been tested and found to have lead levels that prompted action under the Lead Assessment Program.

Once discovered, immediate action was taken to prevent the risk of consumption, including reposting signs, additional water sampling throughout the building and removing of suspect water fountains from service.

The purpose of the program is to reduce potential health risks of lead consumption at schools and child care centers, with particular attention on children younger than six years old who are deemed most at risk because of their rapid-growth rate. Bioenvironmental Engineers performed sampling at all Kadena schools and child care centers which ensured compliance.

Building 9497, which was built in 2002, houses administration offices for 30 Department of Defense Dependent Schools employees and 26 hospital personnel with the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services. EDIS is a referral service to DoDDS and screens about 1,000 patients annually, of which 75 percent were only seen once. During a typical visit, patients have bottled water available, and any medical treatment is provided in a separate facility.

LAP sampling is designed to capture the "first draw" of water exiting a device after sitting within a fixture overnight. These samples are representative of the water within the specific fixture tested, not the overall quality of the water supply. "Second draw" samples, to collect water beyond the fixture, were also collected and all results found to be within standards.

People with medical concerns related to this issue can contact their primary care provider to arrange an individual consultation. For additional information concerning lead, email public health representatives at nhoki-jpeach@med.navy.mil.

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