Advanced water filters
were unable to eliminate the most recent contaminate from the water
systems of Barstow, California which resulted in nearly a week long
water ban for residents. Water samples within the system were tested
last Thursday and showed signs of heavy contamination of the contaminate
perchlorate. Perchlorate is a substance primarily used in rocket fuels.
The initial contamination of these water filtration systems is believed
to have originated from then area�s Marine Core Logistics Base, however
an approximate source is still undergoing investigation. Local
officials are continuing to carry out tests within the area�s private
wells as testing of the ground to find the source for the contaminant.
The found contaminant perchlorate within the water filtration systems completely shut down the area�s drinking water systems
and residents living within the area were �banned� from consuming or
using tap water for four plus days. Residents were advised to purchase
bottled water to drink, cook with as well as bathe in.
The investigation of these water filter systems
is still under way and the ban is still in effect for one home within
the area as a result of the home being in a separate water pressure
zone. The vast majority of the residents of the area have now been
advised that the water is now safe to drink and that testing for the
source of the contaminate is top priority within the area.