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Preliminary Navy findings from drinking water testing near NAS Whidbey Island Area 6

04/19/18 12:00 AM

The following information is provided as part of the Navy's water testing program around the Area 6 landfill near Ault Field. As of April 13, 2018, the Navy has sampled 15 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells near the Area 6 Landfill.  

Preliminary results for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) samples have been received for 15 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells. Results for three drinking water wells are above the action level established for PFOS and/or PFOA. All affected residences were provided bottled water within 24 hours of receiving preliminary results. No exceedances of the action level for PFOS and/or PFOA were identified for the groundwater wells. 

Preliminary results for 1,4-dioxane and vinyl chloride have been received for 14 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells. No exceedances of the action levels for 1,4-dioxane or vinyl chloride were identified for the drinking water wells and groundwater wells. 

In February 2018, the Navy notified people in the sampling area by letter to arrange sampling. There are still residents in the sampling area who have not signed up to have the Navy test their drinking water. The Navy believes it is important to test as many wells in the identified sampling area in order to identify and address potential exposures in drinking water. If you know that you fall in the sampling area, or suspect you might, and want to have your well tested, please call 360-396-1030, and a Navy representative will call you back to make arrangements.  Out of respect to residents' privacy, test-result data will only be released by the Navy to the affected residents.  

The Navy is working directly with residents, community leaders and federal, state and local agencies on this important national issue and will keep the community informed while respecting the privacy of individual residents. 

Updates and additional information on this project is available at