Drink Up! Philly Officials OK Water Consumption After Chemical Spill in Bucks County

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The Mayor and other officials said the city's tap water is safe to drink.

Health and safety officials have provided an up on the quality of drinking water in Philadelphia after an incident in Bucks County. Sophia Schmidt wrote about the city’s water for WHYY.

On Friday night, 8,000 gallons of latex finishing solution spilled into Otter Creek, a body of water in Bristol that connects to the Delaware River. As a result, tap ands drinking water in the city of Philadelphia was initially deemed unsafe to consume or use in any other manner.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney and health officials from the city said that the water was safe for consumption after multiple tests using samples of tap water.

“The key for us is not letting anything in the system to begin with and hopefully the tide will bring it down and dissipate into the ocean,” Kenney said.

“I am grateful that no residents were exposed to unsafe chemicals in the city’s tap water following the spill.”

Read more about the city’s tap water at WHYY.


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