Tuesday, September 3, 2019

PA Township News: Public & Private Water Supplies Face Threats From Emerging Contaminants

The September issue of PA Township News has a series of articles outlining the threats public and private water supplies face from emerging contaminants.
Contaminants of emerging concern are compounds that may not have been detected before in water testing, do not have existing water quality standards and that can affect the health and hormones of human and aquatic life.
Amy Bobb, Assistant Editor of PA Township News, explores the impacts of contaminants like PFAS chemicals in Horsham Township, Montgomery County and Warminster and Warrington townships, Bucks County associated with firefighting foam used at the former naval air station there. 
The articles describe how the affected townships are financing drinking water cleanup, how homeowners with private water wells can protect their health through water testing and what state and federal agencies are doing about the emerging contaminant issue.
You can also get your own copy by subscribing to PA Township News by the PA State Association of Township Supervisors.
To learn more about the PFAS contamination issue, visit DEP’s PFAS webpage.  
For more information on emerging contaminants generally, visit DEP’s Emerging Contaminants webpage.  Click Here for a DEP presentation on emerging contaminants to the Water Resources Advisory Committee in July.  Questions about the presentation should be directed to Amy Williams by calling 717-772-4045 or send email to: amywilli@pa.gov
(The PDF of the articles was made available as a courtesy by PA Township News.)

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