Blades, DNREC testing new water filtration system

BLADES — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Division of Public Health working with the Town of Blades Friday began testing the operation of the new carbon filtration system connected Thursday to the town’s water supply.

Officials said some Blades residents could see “black flecks” in their water. The temporary flecking is a natural occurrence of carbon coming from the initial operation of the filtration system and poses no health risk. The water remains safe for washing dishes, laundry, and bathing, officials said, but DNREC and DPH encouraged residents to continue using water the agencies are providing for drinking, cooking, and brushing teeth.

DNREC, DPH and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency also Friday worked with the town to coordinate continuation of a drinking and cooking water supply from alternative sources, particularly water trucked in by the Delaware National Guard. Town of Blades and nearby residents are being reminded to bring their own containers to fill when getting water from the National Guard tanks.

They also are advised that, based on daily consumption figures for those receiving water, the hours for water distribution at the Blades Fire Hall will change Monday, Feb. 19 to noon to 8 p.m. Until then, daily hours for water distribution at the fire hall remain 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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