UPDATE: Town of Blades issues more information on drinking water

BLADES, Del. - Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Division of Public Health announced on Tuesday that one of the 39 private wells sampled so far by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Blades area returned a high level of per-fluorinated compounds, and that the homeowner was made aware right away by D.N.R.E.C. and D.P.H. and provided with a home carbon filtration system for their water supply.

More sampling results are expected this week, and homeowners whose wells have been tested by E.P.A. will be notified regarding their results. Of 15 test results returned from 39 wells sampled so far by E.P.A. beginning last week, only the one well cited above and found outside of Blades has shown high levels of P.F.Cs.

D.N.R.E.C. and D.P.H. announced last week that Blades new carbon filtration has significantly lowered P.F.C.s in the town's water system below the E.P.A. health advisory and town residents have been advised that public water is safe for drinking and cooking once they have flushed their home systems.

As the results of private well sampling come back, the owner of any area well that shows high levels of P.F.C.s will be provided with home filtration systems proven to lower P.F.C.s as the larger carbon filtration system did with Blades' public water supply. Meanwhile, D.N.R.E.C, D.P.H. and the town of Blades continue to provide alternative water to any area residents who ask for it.

Water is now being distributed from the Blades Town Hall on 20 West Fourth Street, Blades, DE from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Blades and area residents who pick up water are reminded to bring their own containers for filling.

D.N.R.E.C. and D.P.H. also have set a public meeting for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Blades Fire Hall for further discussion of the town's drinking water and particularly focusing on private well water in the area. Representatives from both state agencies and the town will present updates on Blades area drinking water and will answer questions.

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