Frog and rat remains found in Camp Pendleton water systems; base officials say water is safe to drink – Orange County Register

CAMP PENDLETON Base officials say that despite water safety inspectors finding a host of chronic problems including the remains of a dead frog and rat in two of the bases’s systems, water is safe for consumption.

On Thursday, Sept. 28 Marine Corps officials and the Environmental Protection Agency entered into a federal consent order that requires base officials to adopt strict water quality standards or face significant fines.

As part of the agreement, base officials will inspect all 34 reservoirs over the next 180 days and will continue to monitor all water quality in their entire system. They must provide documentation within five days of inspection. The base will be required to submit a progress report, the first due Oct. 15.

“Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is committed to providing safe and compliant drinking water,” Carl Redding, a base spokesman, said in a statement Friday. “This is a duty and responsibility that we take very seriously. The EPA and state regulators agree the water was and is safe to drink. Camp Pendleton is committed to providing safe and compliant drinking water.”

The agreement follows a June inspection in which the animal remains were discovered in three reservoirs attached to two water systems that serve more than…

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