Case Study

Calgon Carbon Initiates Emergency Response To PFAS Detection

Source: Calgon Carbon Corporation

Blades, Delaware, a small town in Sussex County, provides drinking water to more than 1,300 residential and business locations throughout the community. In 1981, the citizens of Blades voted to improve their water and sewage facilities by establishing a central water supply and tying all properties into the nearby Seaford Sewer System. By February of 1982, the project was complete and since then the town has had a clean and safe municipal water supply.

However, that changed on February 8, 2018 - nearly 36 years later - when Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), specifically PFOA and PFOS were detected in three public wells, impacting more than 1,250 residents and businesses.