The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notified our company about its recent “do not eat” advisory for fish caught in the Shenango River, which is the source of supply for Pennsylvania American Water’s New Castle Treatment Plant. The advisory is the result of unacceptable levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in the tissue samples of fish. We are closely monitoring the situation but want to emphasize that the water provided to Pennsylvania American Water’s New Castle area customers continues to meet all state and federal drinking water quality standards.
Pennsylvania American Water annually samples for PCBs as part of its required triennial Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOCs) testing. The samples collected in April 2017, and July 2017, did not detect any levels of PCBs in the treated drinking water. The company’s 2014 SOC samplings also did not detect PCBs in the drinking water.
Pennsylvania American Water’s treatment processes are designed to remove these types of harmful substances. Our New Castle treatment plant uses activated granular carbon filtration, which would effectively eliminate PCBs from the finished water that we deliver to customers.
Pennsylvania American Water is committed to providing safe drinking water to our customers that meets or exceeds EPA drinking water standards and we will continue to share PCB sampling results with the DEP to aid in their investigation of the source of this contaminant in the river.
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: 08/25/2017Start Time
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