DNREC: Drinking water distributed in Blades after tests show higher levels of PFC

BLADES, Del. - Drinking water is being distributed, after officials say sampling of a town's wells showed higher levels of a specific chemical, in Blades.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says on Friday, that they along with the Delaware Division of Public Health are providing bottled water for drinking and cooking to residents of the Town of Blades. This comes after officials say 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 reports that water from the Blades wells that were sampled is considered safe for use by residents for bathing and laundry.

According to officials, bottled water was delivered on Friday morning to the Blades Elementary School for students and staff and provided  at Noon to all Blades residents at the Blades Fire Hall.  

Water will apparently be supplied to the Town of Blades by DNREC and DPH until additional work can determine the extent of PFC contamination in the municipal wells.

On Friday, Governor John Carney signed an Executive Order authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist the Town of Blades with distributing water to residents .

Officials report that the Delaware National Guard has provided two, 400-gallon portable water tanks and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations out of the Blades Fire Hall. Additionally, a 5,000-gallon water tanker is prepared and available for follow-up support.

47ABC will have more on the PFC contamination of Blades municipal wells in the NewsHour.

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