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Tests show more Blades area wells are contaminated

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Additional private wells in Blades area have tainted water.

Officials from DNREC and Delaware’s Division of Public Health say two more private wells tested by the EPA were found to have elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

That brings the total number of private wells with high PFC levels to three.

Those homeowners have been given home carbon filtration systems for their water supply.

Officials say another well tested was just below the EPA’s health advisory level, and that homeowner is also getting a filtration system.

So far, 41 private wells have been tested, and the EPA is sampling more.

Earlier this month, the Town of Blades municipal wells were found to be tainted by PFCs.  The town received a carbon filtration system to treat its drinking water system, and last week tests showed that water was safe to drink and use for cooking again once again.

DNREC and DPH will hold another public meeting on the drinking water in and around Blades Thursday night.  The agencies say the 7 p.m. meeting at the Blades Fire hall will focus more on private wells in the area.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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