November 1, 2005
The Marietta Times (Ohio)
Customers get water delivered in bottles
From staff reports
As of late last week, three different water companies began distributing
bottled water to customers of the Little Hocking Water Association
and some private well users.
The deliveries come as part of an agreement with DuPont Washington
Works, the source of a chemical known as C8 found to be in the
Little Hocking Water system wells, among others. The chemical
is not regulated and the federal Environmental Protection Agency
is in the process of determining what, if any, level of the chemical
is safe for human consumption.
C8 is a chemical used in the manufacturing of Teflon.
Those receiving the bottled water have completed and submitted
a registration form. Up until this time, customers have been getting
reimbursed for water they purchased. Once they begin receiving
deliveries they can no longer be reimbursed for water they purchase,
Little Hocking water officials said in a press release this week.
Water is being delivered by Culligan, Crystal Spring and Glacier
Those who have receipts from water purchased on or after Aug.
22, and prior to their first deliveries, may still submit those
receipts for reimbursement as long as they are submitted within
30 days of their last water purchase.
Under the program, registered households are eligible to receive
up to three gallons of drinking and cooking water per resident.
Anyone who has registered, but hasn’t yet received a delivery,
should receive a delivery sometime within the next few weeks.
For a family of three or less, the initial delivery will be six
five-gallon bottles. For a family of four or more, the initial
delivery will be of 11 five-gallon bottles. A pump will also be
supplied to each household.
The amount of water delivered to businesses will be determined
on a case-by-case basis.
DuPont has agreed to finance the bottled water program until
the carbon filtration system is operational and effective as agreed
to by both DuPont and the Little Hocking Water system.