Stephens Assures Residents Horsham Water is Safe
HARRISBURG— Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) is assuring Horsham Township residents their drinking water is routinely tested and been found safe to drink. His comments came after residents received mailers from a group falsely suggesting that the township’s water supply contained dangerous levels of harmful chemicals.

“My office has received phone calls from Horsham Township residents who are worried the water in their homes may not be safe to drink,” Stephens said. “Their fears have been exacerbated by misleading postcards sent throughout the township claiming such dangers exist.”

Stephens explains that the group responsible for the mailers is citing the federal government’s decision to classify some existing compounds found in water on or near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station property as emerging contaminants. In response to the federal government’s decision, the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority ran tests on all of their water sources and found that two wells were above the provisional health advisory level. The Water and Sewer Authority immediately took those two wells offline and is regularly testing three others.

Additionally, homeowners in the affected areas around the base have the option of having the federal government pay to test their private wells and connect them to public water if contaminants are found to be at or above the provisional health advisory level.

“About 85 percent of Horsham uses the public water system, which undergoes routine testing, and has been found safe to drink,” Stephens said. “As for the remaining private well water supply, the federal government has reached out to homeowners to ensure they have safe drinking water.”

Earlier this year, Stephens joined U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle and Pat Meehan at a meeting and press conference with the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority to discuss the progress of the cleanup of contaminants at the Naval Air Station and the future of the land currently in the control of the federal government.

Stephens praised Boyle and Meehan for their assistance in ensuring the federal government takes responsibility for the cleanup of contaminants on the base property. “Since this is a federal issue, Reps. Boyle and Meehan have been terrific partners working to ensure the Navy fulfills its obligations to address any environmental issues caused by activities at the base,” Stephens said.

Stephens also participates in regular conference calls on this subject to monitor the progress of the federal government and to make sure everything is being done to make certain the residents of Horsham Township have safe drinking water.

“The group responsible for these mailers is unnecessarily instilling fear into Horsham residents,” explained Stephens. “I can assure residents that the water in Horsham Township is routinely tested and found to be safe.”

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster
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