Background of Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was established in 1942. In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by two of the eight water treatment plants on base. Learn more.

Summary of Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

ATSDR is conducting studies to evaluate the potential for health effects from exposure to VOCs in drinking (finished) water at Camp Lejeune. Learn more about ATSDR and what we do. All study protocols and final reports performed or funded by ATSDR must be peer reviewed. Find questions and answers about the peer review process.

Eight water-distribution systems have supplied or currently are supplying finished water to family housing and other facilities at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Three water-distribution plants — “Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard — “have historically supplied finished water to the majority of family housing units at the Base and were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Read a summary of findings about these three water treatment plants.

Community Resources

Find resources, such as meeting notes, fact sheets, and community-sponsored websites to learn more about Camp Lejeune here.

Page last reviewed: November 26, 2019