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Chemical Spill in Delaware River Tributary: What To Know

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A chemical spill occurred early Saturday morning in a tributary of the Delaware River near Bristol, PA.Photo byMorristown Minute

Delaware River Tributary Chemical Spill Prompts Water Conservation Request, Authorities Reassure Residents of Safe Drinking Water.

A chemical spill occurred early Saturday morning in a tributary of the Delaware River near Bristol, PA, when a mechanical failure at the Trinseo facility released an estimated 8,100 gallons of latex finishing material. The spill has prompted New Jersey American Water to issue a voluntary conservation notice for customers in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties while reassuring residents that the treated water remains safe to consume.
What happened in the PA chemical spill?Photo byMorristown Minute

The company has been monitoring the source water and performing water quality tests at various points in the treatment process and throughout the distribution system. Mark McDonough, President of New Jersey American Water, stated that the treated drinking water being delivered to customers in the three counties served by the Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant has not been impacted by the spill.
Map of those potentially impacted by the March 24 chemical spill in Delaware River.Photo byCredit: Philadelphia Water Department

New Jersey American Water is asking customers in the affected counties to limit non-essential water use until further notice, allowing flexibility in the timing and quantity of water treated and delivered. The company is also coordinating with state and federal agencies, which are conducting additional tests on the river.

The City of Burlington Water Department also confirmed that the water is safe to use, with no impact on the source water outside of the city's Water Treatment Plant. Cleanup efforts are currently focused on removing the spilled product from the storm drain system and outflow located on Mill Creek. So far, 60,000 gallons of contaminated water have been collected.
Twitter Post from PhillH2O about the chemical spill in PA.Photo byCredit: @PhillyH2O

Trinseo CEO Frank Bozich said the release of material has been stopped, and efforts are now focused on testing local waterways. The U.S. Coast Guard, along with other local and federal agencies, is assisting in the response and cleanup.

Residents are advised to contact their local water authority and check the latest press releases for updated information. New Jersey American Water will issue a follow-up communication when the conservation notice is lifted, and updates will be posted on their website and social media channels.
What we know about the spill.Photo byCredit: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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