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.
Program Administrator for the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Drinking Water Keith Mensch says the well contamination was almost double the recommended health advisory level amount, set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Water from the Blades wells that were sampled is considered safe for use by residents for bathing and laundry.
Alternative sources of drinking and cooking water will be provided until a permanent solution is in place, said Globetti. Long-term exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) can affect pregnant women and infants and cause cancer and liver and immune system impacts.
Gov. John Carney on Friday signed an executive order authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist the Town of Blades with distributing water to residents impacted by high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in municipal wells.
The Delaware National Guard provided two, 400-gallon portable water tanks on Friday and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations out of the Blades Fire Hall. Officials also say a 5,000-gallon water tanker is prepared and available for follow-up support.
"Access to safe and clean drinking water is an absolutely essential and basic human necessity, and we are extremely troubled by the situation in Blades", said Delaware's delegation in a written statement. "We are doing everything we can to understand the causes behind what has happened and determine how we can help Governor Carney address the pressing needs of the families affected in Sussex County", the joint statement read.