2012 Annual drinking water quality report for Kunsan
6/28/2013 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- This is the 2012 Consumer Confidence Report for Kunsan Air Base. This Drinking Water Quality Report indicates that our drinking water meets all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Air Force regulations. In 2012, Kunsan's potable water was tested for over 50 analytes. Only analytes detected in 2012 by sensitive lab instruments are reported in this Consumer Confidence Report. A complete listing of analytes tested can be obtained from the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight.
This report informs you about the water quality delivered to you every day. The Air Force's goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are committed to ensure the highest quality of water is delivered to the Wolf Pack. Sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves and acquires minerals and, in some cases, can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Kunsan AB performs treatment on water originating from the Okku Reservoir, which is located approximately two miles off base.
Analytes present in source water may include microbial analytes such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic analytes such as salts and metals can be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial and domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining and farming. Pesticides and herbicides may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff and residential uses. Organic chemical analytes include synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems. Radioactive Analytes can be naturally occurring or the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some analytes. The presence of analytes does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about analytes and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791, or by visiting their website at http://water.epa.gov/drink/hotline/.
Some people may be more vulnerable to analytes in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplant(s), people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological analytes are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).
For United States installations overseas, the host nation and American governments agree on a set of environmental standards to be followed. In the case of Korea, the 2012 Korean Environmental Governing Standards regulate the testing, quality, and quantity of analytes that are allowed in the water system.
Note: The drinking water analyte levels in the KEGS are the same as U.S. EPA standards.
To obtain a copy of the KEGS or if you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the 8 MDOS Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight at 782-4670 or Civil Engineering Customer Service at 782-5313.