June 24, 2010 - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will begin testing private wells next month for potential groundwater contamination in the western end of Northampton Township.
Based on information from the Bucks County Department of Health regarding trichloroethylene (TCE) groundwater contamination, township manager Robert Pellegrino said Wednesday the state Department of Environmental Protection is instituting its Hazardous Waste Cleanup program in the township.
The state DEP has been finding TCE in groundwater sporadically in Bucks and Montgomery counties. TCE, a degreaser or solvent, is used by industry and to keep septic systems from clogging.
"Because of this, it is important to remind property owners with private wells of the need to have their wells sampled privately every five years for the suite of chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, to ensure their drinking water supply is safe," said a press release from the township.More...