Is Camp Lejeune's water safe to drink now?

Yes, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune is safe to consume now. The 137,526 people who currently inhabit the military base can enjoy clean water today, although not a long time ago, it was heavily contaminated with toxic substances, including solvents and PFAS. As a consequence, numerous veterans, family members, and civilians suffer from awful diseases now.

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The drinking water at Camp Lejeune has been safe to consume since the spring of 1987

A report from the U.S. Marine Corps suggests that the water at Camp Lejeune is now safe to drink. Still, the situation has not always been as it is today, as, between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water supplied by the plants at Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace became contaminated with numerous toxic chemicals, such as:

  • perchloroethylene
  • trichloroethylene
  • benzene
  • vinyl chloride

At Hadnot Point, the trichloroethylene level exceeded the safe exposure limit by 280 times, while at Tarawa Terrace, the perchloroethylene level eclipsed it by 43 times. The sources of contamination were leaking underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites, but also the improper disposal of solvents by the dry-cleaning firm ABC One-Hour Cleaners, located near the military base.

To make matters worse, military firefighters would often use the fire suppressant AFFF to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires at Camp Lejeune, a fire suppressant that contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS. Some formulations would contain up to 98% of these harmful chemicals. PFAS also ended up in the drinking water of the military base.

Quality legal assistance for Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure victims

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the last century, when the drinking water was contaminated and developed a disease, we encourage you to get in touch with our diligent attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure. With over 30 years of experience, they are ready to assess your case and determine whether you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim. All you have to do is provide our legal team with your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Family members will need to send in evidence of their stay at Camp Lejeune along with their medical records and also prove their relationship to a veteran who was stationed there. Once we establish that you are eligible to file a claim, we will begin preparing it for submission as soon as possible and keep you up to date with its progress. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, you can ask a family member to help you navigate it, as we are aware of how overwhelming struggling with a serious disease can be.

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