Carney inspects reaction to water contamination

Carney inspects reaction to water...

BLADES, Del. - Delaware Governor John Carney stopped by Blades Saturday to oversee the response to the water contamination that was announced earlier this week.

Carney says he is pleased with the response from DNREC and the Department of Public Health.

The next step is to identify the source of these contaminants, and any possible contamination of private wells outside of the Blades public water system.

If the private water is contaminated, officials say they plan on providing water to those folks if necessary.

Governor Carney adds that there are still a lot of questions to ask and more public outreach to do.

"What worries me is private systems, individual wells and individual households and homes, and try to get the word out that they ought to test their water for the presence of this contaminant and then take whatever the appropriate action is to get that contaminant out of their water as well."

DNREC was on site discussing the situation with Carney.

Tankers and water buffalo will be in service for the town tomorrow.

We're told by the end of this week a new carbon filter will be installed in the public water system to fix the problem.  This filter will be in place for a number of months to serve as a short term solution, while officials try to find a long term solution.

"We're hoping that we'll be able to do that by the end of this week.  And so we're making quick progress," says DNREC secretary Shawn Garvin.  "When we get these filters in will be there for months and months and months while we have the ability to figure out what the longer term solution is."

DNREC is continuing to search for more contamination sites across the state, mostly looking into areas with airports, naval air stations and metal finishings.

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