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November 1, 2005. Marietta Times (Ohio).

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November 1, 2005

The Marietta Times (Ohio)

Customers get water delivered in bottles

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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 Mountain.

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.

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