|Nockamixon Township Board of Supervisors|
Mysterious water well contamination in Nockamixon, Pennsylvania, continues to get news coverage as the local environmental authorities continue to search for the source. Most troubling about this contamination is its sporadic appearance in wells. The contaminant is trichloroethylene (TCE) showing up in one well, but not in one right next door.
Officials believe the difference could be the depths of the wells, but there doesn’t appear to be a conclusion on that just yet. The state’s department of environmental protection (DEP) is following the progression of the contamination and mapping the wells it shows up in to try to get a handle on the way it is spreading.
What many people may not be aware of is that TCE was once used to degrease septic systems. According to the minutes of the Nockamixon Township Board of Supervisors meeting in late 2010, the area has no public water system or sewer system, and the current plan is to keep it that way because development in the area is spread widely making those systems cost prohibitive. Instead, the township is focusing on continuing the on-site sewage and water systems.
It would be interesting to see if the locations of the current TCE contamination match properties where TCE was used to degrease the septic tanks on the same, or nearby properties.