Meeting RE Drinking Water Concerns in Cheltenham and Springfield

Last week, Aqua Pennsylvania took one of its area water wells — the North Hills well — offline and is evaluating treatment options for a second — the Aidenn Lair well — after receiving the results from their most recent testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS, in our area’s water supply. These are chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and in the body and may be associated with adverse long-term health effects. You can access Aqua’s updated results here: www.waterfacts.com/monitoring.

The area impacted in Cheltenham is most of Ward 1; in Springfield, it is Ward 7, Precinct 2. Together, it is an area of about 2.5 miles between Route 73 (Church Road) and Mount Carmel Avenue from Paper Mill Road to Easton Road.

Residents in this area were notified by my office yesterday about these findings. But the closing of the North Hills well has raised questions both basic and highly complicated throughout the townships about the overall safety of our drinking water here. I’d like to invite you to an informational meeting on exactly that THIS Tuesday, August 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Little Theater at Cheltenham High School, 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. Note that this is a NEW VENUE for this meeting.

Representatives from Aqua, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other stakeholders will be there to educate you about PFOA and PFOS, hear your concerns and answer your questions.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP by calling my office at (215) 572-5210 or by emailing me at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net.

Like you, I am deeply concerned that our drinking water is safe. I hope you can attend this meeting.