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Town of Blades

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Blades officials started flushing water through the town’s new carbon filtration system Tuesday to get non-carbon treated water out and carbon-treated water in.

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The Town of Blades is the third site in Delaware to have high levels of chemical compounds called PFCs since 2014, but the first of these three where residents were told not to drink their tap water as the state works to resolve the issue.

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State officials were in the Town of Blades Tuesday night, updating residents on the drinking water situation and answering their questions.

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State officials are working on installing a system to remove harmful compounds from the Town of Blade’s drinking water.

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Blades residents stopped by the town’s volunteer fire company on Friday to get cases of water – one of the first steps the state is taking to help residents after learning the town’s drinking water supply is contaminated.

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The Town of Blades, which is home to nearly 1,400 people, has three wells that provide drinking water to residents.

But recent state sampling shows all three of those wells have high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are not safe to drink.