Tainted wells spur Navy to fund public water hookups

By Gary Weckselblatt, Staff Writer – The Intelligencer

Warminster homeowners with wells contaminated by the products used on the former Navy base could be hooked up to public water as early as April.

Tim Hagey, general manager of the Warminster Municipal Authority, said once the Navy signs off on a contract to reimburse the authority, which could happen as soon as next week, it will only take about 30 days to build a water main and connect the affected residents.

“We’re going to go a million miles an hour,” he said.

More than 100 residents visited the Horsham Community Center on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Navy held another round of public meetings to answer questions about the discovery last spring of elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds in Warminster and Horsham from the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and the former Naval Air Warfare Center.

Because of the health threat from perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Horsham and Warminster authorities shut down wells, which remain offline. In October, the same compounds forced the closing of wells by the Warrington Township Water and Sewer Department.

Click for full article.  Pollution at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station has affected wells in Montgomery and Bucks County, PA.

Also see at Philly.com: Navy could pay $12 million to clean water in Montco and Bucks



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