Metropolis’s response to spill of a latex product into the Delaware River | Workplace of Emergency Administration

Philadelphia’s water is protected to drink. This publish is not being up to date.

Please go to the Philadelphia Water Division’s webpage for any further data.


Newest updates

March 28, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

That is the ultimate replace that can be added to this publish in response to this occasion. For any additional data or updates, please go to the Philadelphia Water Division’s webpage.

Present steerage for residents

  • The Philadelphia Division of Water has declared Philadelphia’s ingesting water is protected to drink and use.
  • PWD has decided that Philadelphia’s ingesting water is not going to be impacted by the spill in Bucks County.
  • With this information exhibiting no menace to public well being, the Metropolis is ending the continuing advisories about monitoring on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant. 
  • Philadelphia’s ingesting water stays protected to drink and use.
  • No contaminants have been present in PWD’s water system at any level because the spill.
  • The Metropolis offered an replace (video) to the general public at 6:30 p.m.

Extra data

Out of an abundance of warning and in coordination with PA DEP, PWD will proceed enhanced monitoring of the Delaware River and the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant for spill-related materials. Data associated to this incident, together with water high quality sampling outcomes, can be made obtainable on PWD’s web site.

PWD will conduct strong after-action evaluations and provides direct consideration to the infrastructure priorities and different long-term measures which might be wanted to strengthen the resiliency of Philadelphia’s ingesting water system. These priorities are articulated in PWD’s Water Revitalization Plan.

Background on this occasion

  • An artificial latex product spilled from the Trinseo facility alongside a tributary of the Delaware River close to Bristol Township, Bucks County, 13 miles north of the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant consumption, shortly earlier than midnight on Friday, March 24, 2023.
  • The product spilled is utilized in making merchandise akin to headlight covers. The first substances that have been examined for have been butyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, and methyl methacrylate.
  • PWD was notified by the Delaware Valley Early Warning System at 12:37 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
  • In response, PWD shut intakes to the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy plant as a precaution and labored diligently with companions to institute a rigorous monitoring plan to find out whether or not any contaminated water entered the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant.
  • The Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant is one among three fundamental water remedy services that present water to the Metropolis’s residents.

March 28, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.

Present steerage for residents

Primarily based on up to date water sampling outcomes acquired in a single day and up to date hydraulic modeling:

  • The Philadelphia Water Division (PWD) stays assured faucet water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant stays protected to drink and use not less than by way of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
  • Contaminants associated to the Bristol Township discharge have by no means been present in PWD’s water system at any level.
  • Clients can fill bottles or pitchers with faucet water with no danger.
  • PWD expects that there’ll proceed to be no detectable ranges of the spill at Philadelphia’s Delaware River consumption by Wednesday or Thursday this week.
  • PWD continues to check the water to guarantee that no contaminated water can be introduced into our water remedy system.
  • PWD will present additional updates based mostly on the most recent sampling information because it turns into obtainable.
  • PWD anticipates that this occasion can be resolved by subsequent week.
  • PWD will proceed to watch the water high quality intently. If at any level the water high quality sampling signifies a possible impression on the uncooked water basin on the Baxter Water Therapy Plant, we are going to notify the general public.
  • The water that’s presently obtainable to prospects has been handled and examined to verify that it’s protected to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing.
  • The Metropolis is working with companions to develop a water distribution plan within the unlikely occasion that such a plan is required. Residents can discover out in the event that they stay in a probably impacted space at phillyh2o.data/spill-map.
  • Residents can join free alerts from the Metropolis by texting READYPHILA to 888-777 or by visiting the ReadyPhiladelphia signup web page.
  • Residents can proceed to comply with @PhillyH2O, @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhilaOEM on Twitter for updates.

Extra data

This replace is knowledgeable by water sampling and up to date hydraulic modeling that estimates the  time it can take river water that entered the Baxter intakes to maneuver by way of remedy and water mains earlier than reaching prospects. PWD has analyzed a wide range of samples from the river and thru the remedy course of. Of the town’s three vegetation, Baxter is the one plant that treats water from the Delaware River.


March 27, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Present steerage for residents

  • The Philadelphia Water Division (PWD) is assured that faucet water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant will stay protected to drink and use not less than by way of 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 28, 2023). This assurance is because of the remedy and steady testing of water that’s presently obtainable to residents.
  • PWD expects that there can be no contamination of residual water within the Delaware River by Wednesday or Thursday this week. PWD will proceed testing the water to guarantee that no contaminated water was introduced into our water remedy system.
  • A conservative estimate permits PWD to anticipate that this occasion can be fully resolved by subsequent week.
  • The Metropolis offered an replace (video) to the general public at 5 p.m. in the present day, Monday, March 27, 2023.
  • PWD continues to check and monitor the water within the Delaware River. If at any level the water high quality sampling signifies a possible impression on the uncooked water basin on the Baxter Water Therapy Plant, we are going to notify the general public instantly.
  • The water that’s presently obtainable to prospects has been handled and examined to verify that it’s protected to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing.
  • This spill might probably have an effect on the water handled on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant. Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant doesn’t service all of Philadelphia. The Metropolis’s different two remedy vegetation draw water from the Schuylkill River which was not impacted by the spill. Residents can discover out in the event that they stay in a probably impacted space at phillyh2o.data/spill-map.
  • Residents who need to be sure that they’ve water obtainable can fill bottles or pitchers with faucet water with no danger right now.
  • Residents can join free alerts from the Metropolis by texting READYPHILA to 888-777 or by visiting the ReadyPhiladelphia signup web page.
  • Residents can proceed to comply with @PhillyH2O, @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhilaOEM on Twitter for updates.

Extra data

As a part of the Metropolis’s emergency response protocol, the Metropolis is working with companions to develop a water distribution plan within the occasion that it’s wanted. Informational supplies in a number of languages can be shared with impacted communities accordingly.

The product spilled is utilized in making merchandise akin to headlight covers. The first substances that water utilities are testing for as a precaution to guard public well being are butyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, and methyl methacrylate.

We’ll proceed to share updates as extra data turns into obtainable from sampling of the river and thru the tip of the water remedy course of.


March 27, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

Present steerage for residents

  • The Philadelphia Water Division is assured that faucet water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant will stay protected to drink and use not less than by way of 11:59 p.m. in the present day (Monday, March 27, 2023). This assurance is because of the remedy and steady testing of water that’s presently obtainable to residents.
  • The Metropolis will present an replace to the general public at 5 p.m. in the present day, Monday, March 27, 2023. The general public can watch this replace on the Metropolis of Philadelphia’s Fb web page.
  • PWD will proceed to trace the spill intently. If at any level the water high quality sampling signifies a possible impression to the river water coming into the Baxter Water Therapy Plant, we are going to notify the general public instantly.
  • This spill might probably have an effect on the water handled on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant. Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant doesn’t service all of Philadelphia. The Metropolis’s different two remedy vegetation draw water from the Schuylkill River which was not impacted by the spill. Residents can discover out in the event that they stay in a probably impacted space at phillyh2o.data/spill-map.
  • The water that’s presently obtainable to prospects has been handled and examined to verify that it’s protected to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing.
  • Residents who need to be sure that they’ve water obtainable can fill bottles or pitchers with faucet water with no danger right now.
  • Residents can join free alerts from the Metropolis by texting READYPHILA to 888-777 or by visiting the ReadyPhiladelphia signup web page.
  • Residents can proceed to comply with @PhillyH2O, @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhilaOEM on Twitter for updates.

Extra data

As a part of the Metropolis’s emergency response protocol, the Metropolis is working with companions to develop a water distribution plan within the occasion that it’s wanted. Informational supplies in a number of languages can be shared accordingly.

PWD is sustaining minimal ranges of water within the system to keep away from any harm to our gear to proceed supplying water together with fireplace security and different wants. PWD has analyzed a wide range of samples from the river and uncooked water basin utilizing infrared spectroscopy and fuel chromatography. Contaminants associated to the Bristol Township discharge haven’t been present in PWD’s water system right now.

We’ll proceed to share updates as extra data turns into obtainable from sampling of the river and thru the tip of the water remedy course of.


March 27, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Present steerage for residents

  • The Philadelphia Water Division is assured faucet water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant will stay protected to drink and use not less than by way of 11:59 p.m. in the present day (Monday, March 27, 2023.)
  • This spill might probably have an effect on the water handled on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant. Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant doesn’t service all of Philadelphia. The Metropolis’s different two remedy vegetation draw water from the Schuylkill River which was not impacted by the spill. Residents can discover out in the event that they stay in a probably impacted space at phillyh2o.data/spill-map.
  • The water that’s presently obtainable to prospects has been handled and examined to verify that it’s protected to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing.
  • Residents who need to be sure that they’ve water obtainable can fill bottles or pitchers with faucet water with no danger right now.
  • Residents can join free alerts from the Metropolis by texting READYPHILA to 888-777 or by visiting the ReadyPhiladelphia signup web page.
  • Residents can proceed to comply with @PhillyH2O, @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhilaOEM on Twitter for updates.

Extra data

We’ll proceed to share updates as extra data turns into obtainable from sampling of the river and thru the tip of the water remedy course of.

The Philadelphia Water Division continues monitoring the spill so Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant workers can have faith when the Delaware River consumption is not impacted.


March 26, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.

Present steerage for residents

Primarily based on up to date hydraulic modeling and the most recent sampling outcomes and information, the Philadelphia Water Division is now assured faucet water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant will stay protected to drink and use not less than by way of 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2023.

This up to date time relies on the time it can take river water that entered the Baxter intakes early Sunday morning to maneuver by way of remedy and water mains earlier than reaching prospects.

  • There isn’t a want to purchase water right now. Clients can fill bottles or pitchers with faucet water with no danger right now.
  • We offered an replace (video) at roughly 5 p.m. in the present day, Sunday, March 26, 2023.
  • The water that’s presently obtainable to prospects was handled earlier than the spill reached Philadelphia and stays protected to drink and use for bathing, cooking, and washing.
  • The sooner advisory that prospects receiving water from the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant might select to drink bottled water on March 26 was issued out of an abundance of warning.
  • Testing has not proven the presence of water impacted by the spill within the Baxter system right now.

Extra data

We’ll proceed to share updates as extra data turns into obtainable by way of sampling and monitoring of river circumstances.

The Philadelphia Water Division’s Tidal Spill Mannequin Instrument is getting used to trace contaminant plume motion and inform when the chemical spill will not impression the Philadelphia ingesting water intakes.

Clients can use this map to view areas that might probably be impacted by the spill: https://phillyh2o.data/spill-map.


March 26, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.

PWD continues to watch a latex spill on the Delaware River that might impression Philadelphia ingesting water.

The Metropolis of Philadelphia held a press convention to handle the present data. You may view the convention on the Philadelphia Workplace of Emergency Administration Fb feed.

A map of areas that might probably be impacted by the spill will be considered right here: https://phillyh2o.data/spill-map

Search your handle within the map to see when you can be in an impacted space ought to the town difficulty any advisory.

The next assertion was issued by Michael Carrol, Deputy Managing Director for the Metropolis’s Workplace of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS):

“As has been reported, on Friday night time, a chemical spill occurred in Bristol Township, Bucks County which launched contaminants into the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Water Division (PWD) turned conscious of this by way of the Delaware Valley Early Warning System (EWS) and has been evaluating the state of affairs since that point to grasp potential impacts to the general public. Though early indications haven’t revealed contamination, we’re nonetheless monitoring the state of affairs and conducting testing.

“At roughly 12:15 a.m. this morning (Sunday), the intakes on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant have been opened at excessive tide on the Delaware River and closed at roughly 5 a.m. This was carried out to take care of minimal ranges of water within the system to keep away from any harm to our gear to proceed supplying water for together with fireplace security and different wants. Contaminates haven’t been present in our system right now. We anticipate there isn’t any danger that can be current earlier than 2 p.m. in the present day.

“Nonetheless, as a result of we can’t be one hundred pc certain that there gained’t be traces of those chemical substances within the faucet water all through the afternoon, we would like the general public to remember so that folks can think about switching to bottled water to additional reduce any danger. Subsequently, we’re notifying the general public within the customer support space that they might want to not drink or cook dinner with faucet water. We’ll replace this data later this afternoon.

“I need to reiterate that the well being dangers are very low if current in any respect. No acute results are related to low-level publicity. Our greatest data is that individuals who ingest water is not going to endure any near-term signs or acute medical circumstances. We foresee no cause to hunt medical consideration associated to this occasion.

“Moreover, there isn’t any concern over pores and skin publicity or fireplace hazard. Bathing and washing dishes don’t current a priority. Likewise, we’ve got no concern over inhaling fumes on the ranges we’re evaluating.

“Once more, this advisory is being issued out of an abundance of warning to forestall any theoretical, long-term public well being impacts. Eating places and meals companies can be protected conducting their regular enterprise by way of lunchtime up till 2 p.m.”


March 25 6:03 p.m.

The Philadelphia Water Division is monitoring a spill of a latex product that occurred alongside a Delaware River tributary in Bristol Township, Bucks County, late on Friday, March 24, 2023.

This spill has not impacted handled ingesting water being delivered to prospects served by Philadelphia’s Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant.

PWD has been monitoring the incident since being alerted and is utilizing laptop fashions to watch the circulate of the spill.

PWD workers are additionally monitoring circumstances on the Baxter Ingesting Water Therapy Plant on the Delaware River and have closed intakes right now.

The Pa. Dept. of Environmental Safety reported the incident to the Delaware Valley Early Warning System to alert water customers within the Delaware River and is responding on the scene with native authorities.

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