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Blades Residents Get Water Assistance After PCB's Found

Don Rush

Governor John Carney has signed an executive order that provides for the Delaware National Guard to assist with two 400 gallon tanks of water for the residents who have wells in the town of Blades.

WBOC reports that this follows the discovery of PCB’s in the underground water which is now being investigated by state, federal and local officials.

Tim Ratsep with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that the investigation was only in its early stages.

The contamination was found after the Environmental Protection Agency asked that the water be tested because of the nearness of local wells to a historically industrial site.

The Blades Town Administrators Vikki Prettyman said that the town was looking into a carbon filtration system.

Although it would come with a high price tag Prettyman said that she has assurance the town would get federal and state assistance.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.