The officials at Fort Polk, Louisiana say that the water is safe; however, toxicology and health experts say that the water could be contaminated with lead.
Lead is a toxic metal that can end up in tap water through the treatment plant or from your well. Even low amounts of lead in water can lead to health problems, such as learning disabilities or behavioral problems. The Environmental Protection Agency's level for lead in water is 0 ppb in water. However, Fort Polk's water tested 36 parts per billion, which is twice the limit of what the EPA allows. Twenty percent of the houses chosen for random water testing were found to have unacceptable levels of lead in their water. Even though this is still relatively low levels of lead for adults, this amount of lead could greatly affect children-causing learning disabilities or ADHD. Fort Polk residents, please take precautions with your drinking water. Fort Polk is not the first military base or the last military base where water contamination is covered up.
One of the largest cases of military base water contamination is Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From the 1950 until the 1980s, residents at Camp Lejeune were exposed to benzene, industrial solvents, and other toxic contaminants in their drinking water. Many of these Marines, their families, even on down to their grandchildren have suffered many horrible illnesses from this water contamination. Some of the many illnesses and diseases these people have to deal with are: liver cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, non Hodgkins lymphoma, liver disease, miscarriages, birth defects (cleft palate, heart defects, Choanal atresia, neural tube defects, low birth weight, and small for gestational age). These Marines and their families are still fighting for the government to admit they knew about this water contamination and for help with medical treatment for the illnesses and diseases caused by this water contamination. So, Fort Polk residents-beware and take every precaution! Toxic contamination does not only affect you, but also your children to come. It takes generations for toxic contamination to work its way out of the genetic gene pool.