Feb 26, 2018

Blades, Del., Treats Emerging Contaminant with Carbon Filtration

The town’s water is now safe to drink and the new carbon filtration system has been successful in managing PFCs

Delaware town treats PFC with carbon filtration

Blades, Del., installed a carbon filtration system and announced municipal water is safe to consume again with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) testing at 3.4 ppt. This follows the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Feb. 9 discovery of PFC in concentrations above the U.S. EPA’s health advisory of 70 ppt in all three of the town’s drinking water wells and a subsequent advisory to not consume the water. 

The DNREC and DPH said the town of Blades has completed the  flushing of municipal water through carbon filtration and that residents should now flush their home water systems. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper visited the town to inspect the new carbon filtration system. He warned the town’s experience should be a lesson to the country. 

“Cities and towns need to be testing for all kinds of things, but a lot of people in Delmarva have no idea how they would get their water tested,” Carper said. “And here in Delaware we have the Division of Public Health, part of DHSS and they’re happy to do water testing for folks in homes.”