BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa.—According to the Philadelphia Water Department, the city's water supply has not been and will not be affected by the March 24 latex emulsion spill at Trinseo P.L.C. subsidiary Altuglas L.L.C.
The Philadelphia Water Department has concluded its advisories for the 8,100 gallons of acrylic latex emulsion product that spilled into Otter Creek, and ultimately the Delaware River, following an "equipment failure" at Altuglas.
Water from the Baxter Drinking Water Treatment Plant, which sits about 13 miles downstream from the Altuglas facility, is safe to drink, as well as use for cooking and bathing, moving forward.
"Contaminants related to the Bristol Township discharge have never been found in PWD's water system at any point," the agency said. "PWD has determined that Philadelphia's drinking water will not be impacted by the spill in Bucks County."
Trinseo said in a March 27 statement to Rubber News that the company continues to work closely with local, state and federal agencies in the matter.
"Trinseo is conducting an internal review of our facility and will take the necessary steps to address any issues we identify," the company said.
"In the meantime we will continue to do all we can to assist in a thorough assessment of environmental impacts. When our standards are not met, we take immediate corrective action, as we are doing in this case."