The Army’s working on a decades-long plan to clean up the contamination, but residents say they’ve been living off bottled water for more than a year and they’re tired of it.
EAST SELAH, Wash. — East Selah resident Brandi Hyatt has been unable to use the water in her home near the Yakima Training Center for a year due to high levels of a group of dangerous “forever chemicals” called PFAS, found in their wells.
Her family has been living off of bottled water for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth and washing hands and has been showering at the local YMCA, concerned about the toxic effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances on human health.
“It’s stressful. It’s less than ideal,” Hyatt said. “I don’t want to live like this anymore.”