water and lead

The Different Types of Water Contamination

We know by now that the drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune was contaminated between 1953 and 1987. The most contaminated supplies were shut down in 1985, but several people still deal with the damages as a result of the situation.

While water contamination can include physical, chemical, biological, or radiological pollutants, we believe it’s vital for people to know the type of problem associated with Camp Lejeune’s water supply. Here are the different chemicals found in the main drinking water.


Also known as TCE, this volatile chemical has a link to some of the most severe damages. It’s a common chemical used in cleaning products, spray adhesives, paint removers, and more. Researchers have linked it to kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and liver cancer.


This is a common chemical used in dry cleaning situations because it dissolves oils and greases without damaging clothing. Typically, low levels of exposure are not reported because symptoms may not arise. However, high exposure can cause significant health issues.


Benzene is one of the more commonly used chemicals in dyes, detergents, pesticides, and many other products. However, it’s known to cause cancer and was found as one of the chemicals found in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water supply.

Vinyl Chloride

Exposure to vinyl chloride has been known to cause an increased risk of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia. It’s mostly found in PVC products, packaging materials, and more. However, it was also found to be in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water.

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP encourages you to tell your story. You may have been affected if you were a veteran, family member, or civilian on Camp Lejeune’s base between 1953 and 1987. Talk to our team. We’re interested in fighting for those affected and pursuing justice.

While no legal case is in place yet, we’re listening to stories and encouraging legislators to pass a bill that would allow victims to pursue compensation.


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