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Blades Neighbors Concerned About Water, Town Says it's Safe to Drink

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BLADES, Del.- The town of Blades, DNREC and the EPA have confirmed that the water is safe to consume, but neighbors think otherwise. 

Stephanie Breeden moved into her home in Blades in May. She told WBOC the tap water smells of chlorine and when she showers, the water burns her face. 

"There is such a difference in smell from when it comes out of the tap than when I boil it," said Breeden. 
 
Blades town leaders and DNREC claim the water has been treated with carbon filtration when chemicals were first detected in 2018 and continues to be treated. Jamie Mack, the environmental health director for the Delaware Division of Public Health, said there is no longer a risk of exposure with the carbon filters. 
 
"We haven't seen any real significant health impacts in the short-term in the community and have not seen any of the long-term effects that you may anticipate from that exposure," said Mack. 
 
Breeden's monthly water bill increased by $3.50 in October and she said she is using the same amount of water. She added she finds it frustrating that she is paying for water that she can't use. 
 
"Nobody likes their bill increased for any reason but it makes it especially frustrating and bad when you pay for the extra and you still can't drink it," said Breeden. She said her neighbors are purchasing bottled water but she is boiling two gallons of water twice a week instead. Her gas bill has gone up as a result. 
 
The EPA has proposed the Blades Groundwater Site to the Superfund National Priorities List. When the Blades Groundwater Site  is listed to the NPL, it will be eligible for remedial action financed under the federal Superfund program. NPL eligibility will allow EPA to use Superfund authority and resources to help DNREC continue to investigate and remediate the contamination and protect human health and the environment in Blades.
 
A representative from the EPA said spring is the earliest teams will be out there assessing and investigating the groundwater site. 
 
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