Homes' water tested near Fort Meade

April 13, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Well water that flows from contaminated aquifers beneath Fort Meade is safe for drinking at eight of 13 homes tested adjacent to the Army post, Anne Arundel County health officials said yesterday.

The results from each of 13 tests came back within federal limits for two cancer-causing agents, tetrachloroethene and carbon tetrachloride.

Federal officials revealed in February that chemical levels of those agents - discovered at test wells around a nearby closed on-post landfill - were as much as four times the national contamination standards.

Lead levels at five homes were elevated, and county health officials have asked that those residents use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Retesting at those sites will be performed within 10 days.

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