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Drinking Water and Water Recreation

Environmental Health Service supports the Department of Public Works drinking water program to ensure safe and healthful tap water.  We conduct drinking water quality assurance monitoring at food operations, Child Youth School Services, and a variety of other facilities to monitor drinking water quality and prevent waterborne disease.  We also conduct surveys, collection, and analysis of water in natural bathing areas and recreational water facilities such as pools and splash parks. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a toxic algae bloom and how do I report it?
Blue-green algae are cyanobacteria commonly found in natural water.  Environmental conditions such as warm temperatures and sunlight can cause blue-green algae to “bloom.” Although most blue-green algae blooms are not toxic, some can produce toxins or poisons which can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowls, and other animals.  Contact us to report a toxic algae bloom on the installation.  
Washington Department of Health – Blue-Green Algae
Washington State Toxic Algae
How do I get my potable water container (e.g. water buffalo) certified?
Environmental Health Service does not conduct potable water container inspections.  Contact 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion to request an inspection. 
Where can I go for more information on drinking water?
Contact us to learn more or reference the resources below for general information.
JBLM Public Works - Drinking Water
Washington Department of Health – Drinking Water
CDC – Drinking Water
Where can I go for more information on recreational water?
Contact us to learn more or reference the resources below for general information.
Washington Department of Health – Water Recreation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Swimming


Contact us

Phone:  (253) 968-4331
Email:    usarmy.jblm.medcom-mamc.mbx.ehs@mail.mil


Madigan Annex
Building 9911B
East Johnson St
Tacoma, WA 98431


Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Select Training Holidays

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