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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- About 1,400 residents of F.E. Warren Air
Force Base have been told to continue drinking and cooking with
bottled water until the source of high lead levels can be determined,
base officials said.
An emergency order was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's regional office in Denver after routine tests revealed
unsafe amounts of lead in drinking water at the Carlin Heights
Base officials went door to door asking residents of all 862 homes
on the base to use bottled water as a precaution, Gatewood said.
``Carlin Heights is the main concern area, but obviously we're
going to test the whole base to make sure the water is safe for all
workers on the installation,'' he said.
Testing was conducted recently and results were flown to a
laboratory in Casper the same day.
``We have our bio-environmental engineers and water quality
manager that are the ones working the tests,'' he said. ``We have
informed all residents of the base to not use their water until the
tests come back and we could rule out their particular area, so right
now all residents are receiving the bottled water.''
Only four areas have been cleared to resume using tap water for
drinking and cooking: the Base Exchange, the Chadwell dining
facility, the Peacekeeper heavy mobile facility and the historic
The quarters are the only living quarters on base in which the
water has been deemed okay to drink, Gatewood said.
About 4,300 people are assigned to the base on the western edge of
Cheyenne, but many live in the city and elsewhere.
Of the 862 homes on base, 265 are in Carlin Heights, which was
built in 1987 on the southeast side of the installation near Happy
F.E. Warren encompasses 5,869 acres and serves as headquarters for
the nation's nuclear missile arsenal.
The base receives its water from the Cheyenne Board of Public
Utilities. The city's water was recently tested and no abnormal lead
levels were detected, said Tim Wilson, the board's executive
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