Elevated levels of the contaminant perfluorinated compound were found in the town of Blade’s drinking water in February.

Further testing revealed that all three of the town’s drinking water wells were affected. Although there is no current Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding consumption, the limit detected was above the health advisory limit. Research shows long-term exposure to PFC’s can have multiple adverse health effects including cancer, liver and immune system impacts.

The town of Blades’ town administrator, staff, mayor and councilmen made the issue a high priority and immediately took action. With the assistance of Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc., the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Emergency Response, Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water, Blades Volunteer Fire Company, Delaware Rural Water Association, Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Delaware National Guard, water was supplied to citizens while the town worked to provide clean drinking water.

As the town engineer, DBF was on-site, assisted the town with the installation and layout of the new granular activated carbon absorption system used to remove PFC’s and aided the town with the flushing of the water distribution system to remove remaining water that may be contaminated with PFC’s. DBF is currently assisting the town of Blades in securing funding for an addition to the water treatment facility that will serve as a long-term treatment for the newly discovered contaminant.

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