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March 11, 2006
The Marietta Times (Ohio)
Our Opinion: C8 filters needed for local
The good news is that filtration systems have gone in around
the region to filter a chemical known as C8 from drinking water
And while that’s true for systems in Belpre, Pomeroy and
Tuppers Plains, it isn’t true for the Little Hocking water
system, which is the local system with the highest concentration
of C8 and serves more than 4,000 households in Washington County.
Customers of the Little Hocking system are growing tired of having
to use bottled water, and they don’t like the idea of taking
their chances with what comes out of the tap. They want to see
their system filtered, and soon.
We understand their frustration. They’ve been subjected
to a substance in their water that may cause cancer, according
to the latest opinions from scientists and others advising federal
environmental officials. And while safe levels, if any, have yet
to be determined, the fact that C8 is in the water at all is a
serious concern for many.
The chemical comes from the DuPont plant in Wood County, W.Va.,
across the Ohio River from the Little Hocking wells. DuPont is
paying for the design and installation of filters as part of a
court settlement over the pollution of the water.
DuPont’s track record when it comes to C8 hasn’t
always been reassuring. The company knew for years the chemical
was in public water supplies, yet did nothing. Eventually, the
company was fined for keeping that information under wraps. That’s
why delays in getting filters installed could be perceived by
some as stall tactics. But both DuPont and Little Hocking Water
assured the public this week that isn’t the case.
We urge residents to be patient a little longer. But we also
urge Little Hocking water officials and DuPont to iron out any
remaining details about the Little Hocking filters as soon as
possible. Washington County residents have a right to clean water,
free of C8, right out of the tap. And they’ve waited long