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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

EPA Declares Dimock Water Safe To Drink

EPA Declares Dimock Water Safe To Drink
EPA Completes Drinking Water Sampling in Dimock, Pa.

PHILADELPHIA (July 25, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has completed its sampling of private drinking water wells in Dimock, Pa. Data previously supplied to the agency by residents, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Cabot Oil and Gas Exploration had indicated the potential for elevated levels of water contaminants in wells, and following requests by residents EPA took steps to sample water in the area to ensure there were not elevated levels of contaminants. Based on the outcome of that sampling, EPA has determined that there are not levels of contaminants present that would require additional action by the Agency.

“Our goal was to provide the Dimock community with complete and reliable information about the presence of contaminants in their drinking water and to determine whether further action was warranted to protect public health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “The sampling and an evaluation of the particular circumstances at each home did not indicate levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action. Throughout EPA's work in Dimock, the Agency has used the best available scientific data to provide clarity to Dimock residents and address their concerns about the safety of their drinking water.”

EPA visited Dimock, Pa. in late 2011, surveyed residents regarding their private wells and reviewed hundreds of pages of drinking water data supplied to the agency by Dimock residents, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Cabot. Because data for some homes showed elevated contaminant levels and several residents expressed concern about their drinking water, EPA determined that well sampling was necessary to gather additional data and evaluate whether residents had access to safe drinking water.

Between January and June 2012, EPA sampled private drinking water wells serving 64 homes, including two rounds of sampling at four wells where EPA was delivering temporary water supplies as a precautionary step in response to prior data indicating the well water contained levels of contaminants that pose a health concern. At one of those wells EPA did find an elevated level of manganese in untreated well water. The two residences serviced by the well each have water treatment systems that can reduce manganese to levels that do not present a health concern.

As a result of the two rounds of sampling at these four wells, EPA has determined that it is no longer necessary to provide residents with alternative water. EPA is working with residents on the schedule to disconnect the alternate water sources provided by EPA.

Overall during the sampling in Dimock, EPA found hazardous substances, specifically arsenic, barium or manganese, all of which are also naturally occurring substances, in well water at five homes at levels that could present a health concern. In all cases the residents have now or will have their own treatment systems that can reduce concentrations of those hazardous substances to acceptable levels at the tap. EPA has provided the residents with all of their sampling results and has no further plans to conduct additional drinking water sampling in Dimock.

For more information on the results of sampling, visit: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/states/pa.html .

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Gee, I never would have guessed....$$$$$$$$$$

Anonymous said...

Wonder if they drank a glass while they were there then

Anonymous said...

well it sounded like they went out of there way to have all the water tested.. sounds to me they did the best of the best an all is good. no more crying my water isn't good it's all been tested.. Now what everyones going to say the test was rigged I don't think so. I really think they were working for the people.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is saying its rigged. Have you seen this water? No way in hell its safe to drink

Anonymous said...

Ever see the video of the Japanese official that drinks a glass of questionable water to prove how safe it is for the public?

Looked like a man about to kill himself with a drink and wishing anyone else in the world was in his place.

Sure Dimock, that water is perfectly safe. Drink up! (provided you invest in treatment systems no one else with 'safe water' needs)

Let's pour the head of the EPA a nice tall glass of fresh well water and let him drink it on national television.

Anonymous said...

Worked on the gas wells in Dimock and surrounding area. Many wells are contaminated to the point you can't shower in them safely. I've seen older PA residents that only have an acres and no gas lease have their water ruined, retired and with no income they can not move or aford a water supply. They have been intimidated by Chesapeake and basically have no recourse. Lets keep drilling here in Potter county and soon we will have the same problems. Just search Texas or any other state where they have been fracking for sometime, Only our children will know for sure. The problems and cancer won't start for a few years. Then its too late. Lets keep drilling and kill everything including ourselves.