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Dover Plans to Extend Water Service to Properties Using Contaminated Wells Near Air Base

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DOVER, Del. --- The City of Dover is planning to extend water mains supplying potable water to residents and businesses that use wells near Dover Air Force Base that were found this summer to be contaminated with man made chemicals that some have associated with serious health problems.

The city council's utility committee voted to move forward with with extending its municipal water service outside of the city limits to reach several properties along Bay Road that state officials say had been using water containing elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The compounds have been linked to a number of health conditions.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said a final approval is needed from Dover City Council to move forward with the plan but expects the to see the project get underway soon.

"We feel it's an emergency situation and that this is our way of helping those folks receive clean water," he said.

The move comes after Dover Air Force Base officials requested Dover take the step of connecting the properties to the city's water system in a letter from a base official in September.

Lt. Col. Vhance V. Valencia said in that correspondence that he was not authorized to assure the base would pay for water main but noted the Air Force would stay in contact with the city about its determination on whether it could compensate for the project.

"The source of the PFOS and PFOA is likely from an AFFF release location on Dover AFB. Because of this, the Air Force is committed to providing an alternate drinking water source to these four affected properties," he said.

Christiansen said he expects city taxpayers to not have to front the cost of the project.

"The way we understand it the air force will be picking up the tab on it," he said.

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