Bottled water: Town of Blades municipal wells show elevated level of perfluorinated compounds

BLADES – Bottled water for drinking and cooking will be provided to town of Blades residents after high levels of perfluorinated compounds were found in water samples from municipal wells.

Bottled water will be distributed to Blades Elementary School Friday morning for students and staff.

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Division of Public Health on Friday, Feb. 9 will begin providing bottled water, according to a press release from DNREC spokesman Michael Globetti.

This response comes after all three of the town’s drinking water wells returned concentrations of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) above the human health advisory level (70 parts per trillion) following recent sampling by DNREC at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

DNREC worked with EPA in sampling the wells given their proximity to potential sources of PFCs from historical industrial processes in the area.

Water from the Blades wells sampled, is considered safe for use by residents for bathing and laundry.

Bottled water will be delivered Friday morning to the Blades Elementary School for students and staff and provided Friday at noon to all Blades residents at the Blades Fire Hall.

Alternative sources of drinking and cooking water will be provided until a permanent solution is in place. Water will be supplied to the town of Blades by DNREC and DPH out of an abundance of caution until additional work can determine the extent of PFC contamination in the municipal wells.

Though PFCs are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, DPH is working with DNREC to minimize any potential health impacts to the community.

Long-term exposure to perfluorooctanoicacid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) can affect pregnant women and infants and cause cancer and liver and immune system impacts, according to the DNREC press release.

While much research has been conducted on laboratory animals, the accompanying research related to humans is more limited, DNREC’s release stated, according to DNREC’s release.

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