New group is holding water contamination meeting tonight in Coupeville

A group called Whidbey Water Keepers is sponsoring a meeting tonight to discuss contamination of drinking-water wells on Whidbey Island.

The meeting is 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Coupeville High School.

In addition, the Navy is also holding meeting about the testing results. The first meeting is 4-7 p.m., Feb. 15 at the Coupeville High School. The second is 5-8 p.m., Feb. 16 at the Oak Harbor High School gym.

The Navy has tested 173 drinking-water wells in the Coupeville and Oak Harbor areas for potentially harmful chemicals found in firefighting foam used at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Seven samples tested about the lifetime advisory limit near Coupeville while one tested above the limit in Oak Harbor.

The Navy has been providing bottled drinking water to the affected families.

“The extent of the contamination has yet to be determined and the adequacy of the Navy’s investigation and response to the problem has been a subject of controversy,” according to a press release from Whidbey Water Keepers.