Bottled water being distributed in Sussex town for drinking, cooking

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Wochit/Produced by Kamlesh Desai DNREC and the Delaware Division of Public Health are providing bottled water starting Friday for residents in Blades after all three of the town’s drinking water wells were found to be contaminated, officials said.
The town’s drinking water wells returned concentrations of perfluorinated compounds 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, according to a release.
Bottled water will be delivered Friday morning to the Blades Elementary School for students and staff.
Water will also be distributed at the Blades Fire Hall at noon on Friday for other Blades residents.
The bottled water will be distributed until a permanent solution is in place.
DNREC worked with the EPA in sampling the wells given their proximity to potential sources of perfluorinated compounds from historical industrial processes in the area.
Although perfluorinated compounds are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Delaware Division of Public Health is working with DNREC to reduce any potential health impacts to the community.
According to the release, long term exposure to perfluorinated compounds and perfluorooctane sulfonate affects pregnant women and infants and can cause cancer as well as liver and immune system impacts.
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