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Tainted water found in private well near Blades

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Testing on private wells in Blades area have discovered water from at least one is contaminated.

Officials from DNREC and Delaware’s Division of Public Health say one of the 39 private wells sampled by the EPA found elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

The homeowner has been contacted and given a home carbon filtration system for their water supply.

So far, 15 of the 39 private well test results have been received back from the EPA.  More are expected to come back this week, and state officials say anyone with high PFC levels will receive a filtration system.

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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