Chemical spill in Pennsylvania Delaware River tributary not affecting state’s water supply

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The Delaware Division of Public Health on Sunday reported that the chemical spill in a tributary of the Delaware River in Bristol, PA has not impacted Delaware drinking water.

The spill came from a manufacturing plant.

“Delaware’s drinking water has not been impacted by the spill in Pennsylvania,” said Interim DPH Director Dr. Rick Hong. “Unlike neighboring states, water treatment facilities that service Delaware do not take in water directly from the Delaware River. There is no impact to Delawareans at this time. We continue to monitor the situation with our water treatment facilities and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.”

New Jersey American Water is monitoring the water quality of the Delaware River following a chemical release from a manufacturing plant into a tributary of the river in Brilstol.

The company announced it is maintaining regular communication with state and federal agencies regarding the situation.

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Currently, there is no impact to the source water outside of the company’s Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant, the utility noted.

Philadlephia officials recinded an advisory to buy bottled water after no tests show no contamination.

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