Pennsylvania American Water to Continue Additional Water Testing Following East Palestine Train Derailment; Still No Impact to Drinking Water
Pennsylvania American Water’s sources of drinking water in western Pennsylvania were not impacted by the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. There is no geographic connection of our water sources to the impacted area, and there is no possibility of impacted tributaries running into our upstream sources of supply. Testing following the incident showed no detection of chemicals from the train cars in our water sources, nor in the drinking water leaving our treatment facilities.
However, for continued public confidence and peace of mind, we will continue to perform additional water testing for potential contaminants related to the incident. Our plan includes bi-weekly sampling and testing for n-Butyl Acrylate, 2-Ethyl Hexanol, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Dioxins, Vinyl Chloride, and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) throughout the months of March and April. We will continue to assess our sampling plan following several rounds of bi-weekly test results and will continue to post updates and test results on our website here. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is also conducting additional testing of the water source for our Ellwood water system and will be posting lab results on their website here.
Our water continues to meet state and federal drinking water standards. The health and safety of our customers are a top priority. As part of our daily water quality protocol, we monitor our water sources and perform water quality tests during the treatment process. Find out more about your water quality and the source(s) of supply for your drinking water system by viewing pg. 5 of your Water Quality Report.
Note: “Raw” water means water drawn from the source, prior to treatment. “Effluent” means water that has gone through the treatment process and is going to customers. “ND” means not detected.