The Department of National Defence says sampling of off-site water supplies for PFAS near the 22 Wing base starting on April 6th. Testing will include sampling of water supply systems from nearby residences by an independent consultant. This comes after the original testing of the base water supply well back in February found the detectable levels of PFAS found were all within Health Canada screening values for drinking water.
Both the Health Unit and DND are committed to protecting the privacy of the property owners, so the area of testing will remain confidential. The information gathered during the sampling process will be protected as private, as it will include property owner names, addresses, and test results.
According to a release, there is nothing at this point that indicates the presence of elevated levels of PFAS in drinking water, but they say precautionary sampling is important. The DND has been working closely with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, as well as the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to ensure the water at 22 Wing North Bay and nearby is safe.