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Our Opinion: C8 filters needed for local water association.
March 11, 2006. The Marietta Times (Ohio).


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March 11, 2006

The Marietta Times (Ohio)
Our Opinion: C8 filters needed for local water association

The good news is that filtration systems have gone in around the region to filter a chemical known as C8 from drinking water sources.

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 enough.

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