Warrington Township Water Contamination Update and Resources
Dear fellow Warrington Township residents:
Over the past few months, I have received numerous calls and emails concerning the current water contamination issues in Warrington, Warminster and Horsham townships. As a resident of Warrington for almost 38 years, please know I understand and share all of your concerns. My husband, my son and I have bathed in, cooked with and drunk township water for almost four decades. We, too, would like some answers about what protocols are being taken to ensure removal of these dangerous chemicals; what methods are being undertaken to prevent additional exposure; who will assume responsibility for the cleanup; and what is a reasonable timeline for improvements.
I joined my colleagues who represent areas where contaminated water is present, and the governor in sending a letter to the heads of the Air Force and Navy, demanding accountability from the federal government for answers, support and whatever may be needed in protecting public health and safety.
I have met personally and had phone conversations with Warrington Township officials on several occasions, to discuss their plans of action and measures to safeguard our water supply. I have also been in contact with our federal representatives, specifically Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, about this very serious health and safety issue. I attended the public meeting on Monday, Aug. 8, and once again, spoke to several officials and panel members who were present to gather additional information and ask follow-up questions.
In addition, I have joined with Rep. Bernie O’Neill, who represents Warminster Township, to co-sponsor legislation in an effort to fund grants to assist Warrington and Warminster with costs associated with infrastructure improvements to ensure clean drinking water for our residents.
While my authority as a state legislator is limited (because the responsibility for cleanup rests squarely with the Navy and the Air National Guard), be assured I will continue to intercede, in any way I can, on behalf of all residents affected by the water contamination to push for answers and solutions and urge the federal government to take all necessary action to address our ongoing water and health concerns.
Rep. Kathy Watson
Congressional Action (new as of March 9, 2017)
Local Congressman Testifies on Need for Water Contamination Study
In fighting for funds to help address the water contamination issue in Bucks and Montgomery counties, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) testified March 9 in front of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, which sets levels for Department of Defense spending and urged the panel for funding for “cleanup and remediation of PFOS and PFOA” as well as a “long-term health study on the impacts of PFOS and PFOA” in the area surrounding the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham and Horsham Air Guard Station. To read his press release regarding his testimony, click here
Pennsylvania DEP Website
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has dedicated a webpage
to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS.
Ridge Run PFC Site
State Legislative Efforts
House Resolution 916
directs the EPA and the Department of Defense to discover the extent of the contamination, provide complete remediation, fully evaluate the health consequences, and provide ongoing bio-monitoring to residents and military personnel who have been exposed to the water contamination from compounds previously used at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base.
Legislation to allow the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) to grant funding to use the authority’s funds during the 2016-17 fiscal year, to provide grants for projects that update the public water infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water.
House Bill 2302
State Legislative Efforts:
Sponsored by Reps. Kathy Watson and Bernie O'Neill
Correspondence on the Issue:
On Monday, Aug. 29th Horsham Township, with the support of U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle, D-13; Mike Fitzpatrick, R-8; and Patrick Meehan, R-7, hosted a health panel discussion on perfluorinated compound water contamination. Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided information specific to the residents in Horsham, Warrington and Warminster whose drinking water was contaminated with the chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are suspected carcinogens, according to the EPA. We have provided links to those presentations below:
EPA Presentation by Karen Johnson: EPA Presentation
CDC/ATSDR Presentation by Dr. Karl Markiewicz: CDC/ATSDR Presentation
PA Dept. of Health Presentation by Dr. Sharon Watkins: PaDOH Presentation
ATSDR Cancer Data Study that Dr. Watkins presentation refereed to: ATSDR Cancer Study
Air National Guard Presentation by Keith Freihofer: ANG Presentation
Department of the Navy Presentation by Greg Preston: Dept of Navy Presentation
WTWSD- Public Notice- Elevated Water Pressure (AUG. 23)
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM WARRINGTON TOWNSHIP WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT (WTWSD)
The Warrington Township Water and Sewer Department (WTWSD) recently encountered an unforeseen emergency regarding our public water system that required immediate attention. As a result of this emergency, it was necessary to shift portions of the Township’s water supply over to Forest Park water (co-owned by North Wales Water Authority and North Penn Water Authority). This switchover caused an elevation in water pressure in these areas of the Township.
For those older homes that do not currently have a pressure reducing valve (the majority of homes in Warrington Township do) it is advised that homeowners contact a plumber to have one installed. The increase pressure in the system is likely to remain nearly the same indefinitely.
The actions taken by Warrington Township were necessary in order to ensure water supply throughout the Township. Without taking such actions, there would have been substantial areas of the Township without water which would have posed a critical risk to the public health, safety and welfare of our Residents.
Due to the immediate and necessary nature of the actions that were taken, this public notice is being sent to those neighborhoods most likely affected. It is recommended that you contact a plumber to determine whether you have a pressure reducing valve in your plumbing system, and, if not to have a valve installed.
This notice is being sent to you by the Warrington Township Water and Sewer Department.
For more information please contact our offices at 215-343-1800.
PWSID# 1090070 Date Distributed: August 23, 2016
For The Latest Information and Updates http://www.warringtontownship.org/
Well Testing and Safe Water:
For Information on drinking water, contact:
- DEP Safe Drinking Water 484-250-5980
- DEP Clean Water 484-250-5970
For Information on private well testing:
Eduardo Rovira, On Scene-Coordinator
Ruth Scharr, On Scene-Coordinator
Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base
BRAC Environmental Coordinator
Air National Guard
3501 Fetchet Ave., Shepperd Hall,
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
On Aug. 23, 2016, during a regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously approved sending a letter to the Air Force, Navy and EPA concerning private well testing and blood testing. An update on water contamination was also provided by the Director of Water and Sewer/Assistant to the Manager. Visit the website
Constituents concerned about blood testing are encouraged to contact the following Organizations and Agencies:
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Local ATSDR contacts:
Dr. Karl Markiewicz
The Honorable Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the Air Force
U.S. Department of the Air Force
1160 Air force, Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-1160
The Honorable Regina McCarthy, Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
The Honorable Ray Mabus
Office of the Secretary of the Navy
1000 Navy Pentagon, Room 4D652
Washington, DC 20350
For a map of the water sampling area.