Here’s What to Know About Your Tap Water After the Bucks County Chemical Spill

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Health and safety officials have been keeping an eye on the quality of drinking water in Philadelphia after an incident in Bucks County. Staff writers at The Philadelphia Inquirer have the latest updates.

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.

As of Monday morning, city officials have said that, for now, the drinking water in the city is once again safe for consumption.

One expert that was consulted on the matter was Charles Haas, an environmental engineering professor at Drexel University who specializes in water quality.

“My level of concern is fairly low,” said Haas. He believes that the chemicals in the solution would be significantly diluted by the shear amount of water in the Delaware River.

Read more about drinking water and other factors of this situation in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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