Naval Air Station Jacksonville
NAS Jacksonville sustains, enables and supports
Naval Air Station Jacksonville is one of the Navy’s finest and fastest growing installations and is the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Excellence Award and 2013 Commander, Navy Installations Command Excellence Award. We are the largest Navy base in the Southeast Region and third in the nation. As a master air and industrial base, Naval Air Station Jacksonville supports U.S. and allied forces specializing in anti-submarine warfare and training of the best aviators in the world.
NAS Jax Quarterdeck - (904) 542-2338/9
NAS Jax Ombudsman - (904) 516-0111
DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-5247
Duty Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate - (904) 910-9075
NAS Jax Sexual Assault Response Coordinator - (904) 548-7789
NS Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator - (904) 548-8392
PFAS Naval Air Station Jacksonville Water Investigation
The Department of the Navy is currently in the process of requesting permission from private property owners near NAS Jacksonville to sample their drinking water wells. These requests are being made as a result of potential impacts to groundwater that may have been caused by the Navy's use of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) during firefighting operations at NAS Jacksonville.
More specifically, the Navy intends to sample drinking water wells, contingent upon receiving owner permission, for the presence of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), an ingredient used in the manufacture of AFFF. The Navy's goal is to ensure that our neighbors' drinking water wells have not been impacted.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified PFAS as an unregulated or "emerging" contaminant which are not subject to Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory standards or routine water quality testing requirements. The U.S. EPA is currently studying PFAS to determine whether regulation is needed. Therefore, there is no legal requirement to perform the testing. The Navy is doing the testing out of a desire to be proactive and to ensure the safety and well being of our neighbors. For more information, please see the PFAS Drinking Water page.
Important Drinking Water Update
You may have seen recent media reports regarding testing for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in ground water at DoD installations.
The safety and security of our service members, families and communities remains the top priority at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. This includes the safety of the drinking water aboard the station.
The drinking water at NAS Jacksonville comes from the Floridian Aquifer - a limestone formation deep underground. There are three deep wells, all greater than 1,000 feet deep, which are used for drinking water. The station also has a water connection with Jacksonville Electric Authority to supplement the drinking water system.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all public water systems serving more than 10,000 people to sample and test for several currently unregulated contaminants. PFCs such as perfluorooctanesulfonate acid (PFOS) and perflouroctanoic acid (PFOA) are on the list of contaminants to sample and test.
These are man-made chemicals used in many industrial and consumer products. PFOS and PFOA are used to make coatings and products that are oil and water repellent such as for carpets, clothing, and paper packaging for food and cookware. They are also contained in foams used for fighting petroleum fires primarily at airfields because it rapidly extinguishes fires protecting personnel and property.
Drinking water at NAS Jacksonville is routinely tested in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. All results for the NAS Jacksonville drinking water system were non-detect for these PFCs at detection limits of 0.02 ug/l and 0.04 ug/l respectively. These limits are in micrograms/liter, or parts per billion, and are below the EPA Lifetime Health Advisory level of 0.07 parts per billion.
Information published in a DoD report that the Military Times recently published states that PFC compounds were found or detected in shallow groundwater monitoring wells at NAS Jacksonville. No surface water or shallow groundwater is used as a drinking water source.
NAS Jacksonville is committed to providing safe drinking water to our employees and residents. If testing results indicated that drinking water was unsafe, it would be promptly communicated to installation personnel and residents until it was safe to drink.
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