Contaminants contained in water near an Arizona Air Force base

The issue of water contamination being connected with military facilities is nothing new. 
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Water coming from tap in Germany in 2007
Water coming from tap in Germany in 2007
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The U.S. Air Force has said that it will offer bottled water to residents and business owners near Luke Air Force Base, which is located in the state of Arizona.

It marks the most recent example of chemicals from military firefighting tainting the water supply in a nearby community, the Associated Press reported. "Similar contamination tied to the use of firefighting foam has been found in water supplies near dozens of military sites in Arizona, Colorado and other states and has triggered hundreds of lawsuits," according to the outlet.

Luke Air Force Base in February announced that studies indicated that high levels of contaminants had impacted drinking water for thousands of people in around 1,600 homes and some neighboring businesses, the outlet said.

The base recommended those individuals utilize bottled water for consumption and cooking, while deeming water from the tap safe for use in bathing and laundry.

"The so-called forever chemicals from a class known collectively as PFAS were found during tests of water from Valley Utilities Water Co," the outlet said.

The issue of water contamination being connected with military facilities is nothing new. 

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said regarding Camp Lejeune, a facility which is located in North Carolina: "The contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune started in the early 1950s, and the most contaminated wells were shut down in 1985. ATSDR has been assessing the health risks from hazardous substances in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune since the late 1980s," the agency noted. "As many as one million military and civilian staff and their families might have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water."