GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Navy wants to make sure the water near the Seabee Base is safe to drink.
Starting next week, testing will begin on water in "parcels of land adjacent to the base and within the Long Beach city limits." Similar tests are taking place at Navy installations across the country.
Officials are specifically testing for the presence of a man-made chemical known as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that could potentially have negative health effects.
"So the whole purpose of this is to sample private well owners to see if there's an issue or not. We don't know at this point if there's even an issue, we're just going out to sample. We do know the City of Long Beach water was tested for these chemicals in 2013 and 2014 and they were not detected," said Kevin Gilliam, Community Planning and Liaison Officer.
Residents who live near the Seabee Base and are concerned about the safety of their water are invited to attend a public meeting at the Long Beach Senior Citizens Activity Center on Tuesday, April 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.