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Army Warns Bragg Residents Not to Drink Water

Posted December 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The US Army has issued a warning to people who live or work at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Officials are concerned about lead levels in drinking water at the military facilities.

Kendra Rice-Greeley is worried about her tap water. Her children have high lead levels in their blood, and she's not taking any chances.

Rice-Greeley and thousands of other military personnel and dependents recently got word from the army that levels of trihalomethanes and lead in the water at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base are above federal standards. She says they are careful to follow instructions.

Water specialists at the Fort Bragg water treatment plant say the high levels of TTHM come from chlorine. A new million dollar tank is suppose to solve that problem.

As for the lead, Fort Bragg officials say the problem isn't at the water treatment plant. Post Facilities Maintenance Chief Mike Laurenceau says the problem lies within the water distribution system inside the pipes.

Fort Bragg is advising everyone to run their water for one minute before using it for cooking or drinking. They're also experimenting with a new chemical that will coat the inside of pipes and prevent lead from getting into the water. For now, reservist Missy Dirks says she won't drink the water on post.

Fort Bragg hopes new water treatment measures will put an end to the problem.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the water at Fort Bragg or at Pope can call910-396-LEAD.

Photographer:Rick Allen