The Water At Camp Pendleton Isn't As Sh*tty As You Think

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Some of the horrific shit found in the Camp Pendleton water supply during a June 2017 inspection
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Months after reports of “rats rotting on a reservoir gate, a desiccated frog clinging to a reservoir ladder and another rodent carcass" in the drinking water at California’s Camp Pendleton scared the living bejesus out of Marines, Corps officials insist that the base's water supply is officially feces-free.

  • No shit: "There was no fecal matter found in Camp Pendleton's base water system," Camp Pendleton spokesman Marine Capt. Luke Weaver told Task & Purpose in a statement, almost exactly one year after an Environmental Protection Agency inspection found the base water systems "lacked adequate supervision and qualified operators for treatment and distribution" to its 55,000 customers.
  • A series of issues: The shit and dying animals aren't the only issues facing the Pendleton water supply: A January 2018 report by the San Diego Union-Tribune found, among other things, a lack of inspections by both Corps personnel and defense contractors and "broken or nonexistent water level indicators," both of which make monitoring the purity of sweet, sweet, drinking water a major problem.
  • Not totally clear yet: Weaver said that of the 49 samples taken from Camp Pendleton's southern water system for testing this past April, only three showed the presence of coliform bacteria that, usually found in the digestive track of warm-blooded animals, is associated with the presence of feces. "The standard," he said, "is that no more than 5 percent of the total number of samples collected per month test positive for that bacteria."
  • But not for the reason you think: Don't worry, according to the Corps; those sketchy samples are the result of "aging sample point infrastructure and improper disinfection of the infrastructure prior to sampling," not the persistent presence of turds in your drinking water: "The drinking water is safe and compliant."

For what it's worth, "aging infrastructure" should be just as concerning as the dead rodents and brown buoys in the Camp Pendleton water system. Keep in mind that it took nearly four years to get the residents of Flint, Michigan, clean drinking water after evidence of lead poisoning first came to light — and state regulators won't be able to fully replace lead pipes across the state until 2040. But lead is better than shit, I guess!


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The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.

The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.

The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.

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Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.

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