Officials Respond to Chemical Spill in Otter Creek
Officials Sunday started to alert locals in the area about Friday’s chemical spill in Bristol;s Otter Creek.
Bucks County in a joint release with officials from Aqua, PA and Pennsylvania American Water said the situation is being monitored “… activated its Emergency Operations Center to provide support to, and remain in constant communication with, local, state, and federal officials, as well as affected water providers.
Meanwhile Philadelphia officials say they are confident that tap water is safe to drink through Monday night.
Bucks County has communicated with providers Pennsylvania American Water, Aqua, and the Lower Bucks Joint Municipal Authority, who have all advised that there are currently no known adverse impacts to drinking water in Bucks County.
Residents in Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, and Bensalem Township who may have questions should contact their water provider. The County will update residents as information becomes available.
Social media response has been intense with many questioning the delay with informing the public about the spill, at Trinseo Altuglas chemical facility in Bristol Twp spilled between 8,100 and 12,000 gallons of hazardous materials into the Delaware River.
It hit the roof of a building, went down a gutter, from the gutter it went to a storm drain, from the storm drains it found another outfall basin, from there it started to leak into the river,’ Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering at Trinseo, Tim Thomas. told 6 ABC
Meanwhile earlier Sunday, and what appears to have grabbed the Philadelphia regions attention were a series of Tweets from Philadelphia Water Department saying “At this time, no contaminants have been found in our tap water system. Out of an abundance of caution, residents in the impacted areas may want to switch to bottled water. Follow our account an @PhilaOEMfor updates.
Reports that locals started to buy up available water at supermarkets.
Updates as they come in