Attention Bucks County! If you have a well, stay away from the water at your home and drink bottled water for the time being instead. The water is contaminated with chemicals that are extremely harmful to your health and they can only get into your body through ingestion. Some think that skin exposure (bathing, etc.) is a possible way for the chemicals to enter your body, but this theory has yet to be proven. The water is contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfanate acid (PFOS) acid which are both found in firefighting foams and consumer products. These two chemicals were found in the firefighting foams used by the United States Navy at the base in Willow Grove, PA. PFOA and PFOS are known to cause medical conditions such as ulcerative colitis, kidney disease, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, reproductive issues and they even have probable links to cancer. These chemicals have a half-life of 4-5 years which means that after 4 or 5 years, half of them will be gone. As for Doylestown, the Cross Keys well has been shut down but you could have been exposed to chemicals if you drank the water prior to the closure of the well. Please keep yourselves educated and updated about the situation going and stay away from drinking water in the contaminated areas.
What to do now…?
-Get your water tested
–Click here to get bottled water