PHILADELPHIA, PA. - In the wake of a chemical spill in the Delaware River, Philadelphia has advised its residents to drink bottled water "out of caution." The spill, which occurred on Friday night in Bristol Township, Bucks County, released a latex product into a river tributary, prompting concerns about the safety of the city's water supply.
Currently, no contaminants have been detected in the water supply, but the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is taking no chances. In a cell phone push alert sent to CNN, the city advised all PWD customers to use bottled water from 2 PM on March 26 until further notice. The warning also included a link to a community website with updates on the situation.
The spill has caused panic among some residents. A ShopRite store in South Philadelphia reported selling out of bottled water before 2 PM on Sunday. The store has since restocked its shelves but plans to limit the number of cases sold to three per customer to prevent hoarding.
According to Mike Carroll, the city's deputy managing director for transportation, infrastructure, and sustainability, the spill occurred Friday night in Bristol Township, releasing contaminants into the Delaware River. The Delaware Valley Early Warning System (EWS) alerted the PWD. The city has been monitoring the situation closely ever since.
We are still testing and monitoring the situation, even though early indications do not indicate contamination," said Carroll in a statement released on Sunday.
The City of Philadelphia provides water to more than 2 million individuals in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Bucks areas. The PWD has assured its customers that it is doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of the water supply and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
In the meantime, residents are advised to use bottled water as a precautionary measure. The city has also urged residents to stay informed by checking the community website for updates on the situation.
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