Pennsylvania OKs $3.8M To Treat Chemicals In Drinking Water

Aug 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is marshaling more money to help pay for better water treatment in suburban Philadelphia communities where testing has shown tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced $3.8 million in aid and urged the federal government to clean up the chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Contamination in suburban Philadelphia is traced to sources including Horsham Air Guard Station and the former Naval Air Warfare Center.

The state has already approved $5 million for the Warminster Municipal Authority, $3 million for Warrington Township and $10 million for the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority.

Wolf's administration is sampling drinking water statewide for the chemicals, crafting a state drinking-water limit and creating a cleanup plan.