Philadelphia residents advised drinking bottled water after a chemical spilled into a tributary of the Delaware River
Philadelphia officials on Sunday advised residents to use bottled water for drinking and cooking after a chemical spill on Friday, also saying the health risks were “very small.”
“We advise the public in the customer service area that they may not wish to drink tap water or cookRsaid Mike Carroll, deputy executive director of the city’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, in a opinion.
“As we cannot be 100 per cent sure that there will be no traces of these chemicals in tap water throughout the afternoon, we want the public to be aware so that people can consider switching to bottled water to reduce the risk.” to further minimize it,” Carroll also said.
Philadelphia officials announced a Map of the affected area and said early signs “have revealed no contamination”. They said they are continuing to monitor the situation and conduct tests.
Officials stressed that the health risks, if any, were “very small.” They added that bathing and dishwashing are irrelevant.
The chemical spill into the Delaware River occurred in Bristol Township in Bucks County on Friday. The Delaware River forms a border between the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The spill was said to be the result of a burst pipe at a chemical plant called Trinseo PLC WPVI. According to official estimates, between 8,100 and 12,000 gallons of latex finishing material, a water-soluble acrylic polymer solution, were released at Mill Creek.
“It’s like the material you find in paint,” Tim Thomas, Trinseo’s senior vice president of manufacturing and engineering, told the outlet.
Social media quickly filled with accounts and videos of customers lining up outside stores to buy bottled water.
“Ten minutes after the city of #Philadelphia issued an alert about a spill in the Delaware River, you should queue at Target to buy bottled water,” tweeted former TV “Weatherman” Ben Ames. Ames added a video showing a long line of people carrying cases of bottled water. The line appeared to run to the back of the store and then wrap around.
Philly Inquirer Assistant Business Editor Erica Palan, who notes that she lives in New York Philly in an area unaffected by the spill, shared a photo of a snake at a 7/11 store with people drinking water in refilled bottles.
“Whoa, real March 2020 vibes in my hood,” Palan said. “I saw people leaving Acme with ten cases of water and telling the people coming in to hurry up! because bottled water sells fast. My 7/11 line is people are buying by the gallon. ‘We’re almost out,’ said the cashier. “
Watch the press conference by officials from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management announcing the following recommendation.
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