Aquasco, MD (April 14, 2000) — The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), in cooperation with local health departments from Prince George's, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties have assessed the potential for groundwater contamination in areas along the Patuxent River. Individual drinking water supplies or public water wells have not been impacted by residual accumulations of oil from the recent spill. Therefore, residents in this region can confidently rely on the fact that their water wells and community supplies remain safe to drink.
These individual and community well supplies remain unaffected principally due to the following factors:
Residents with individual water supplies that are not from deep, confined aquifers or that may have structural deficiencies such as cracks in the casing or an incomplete grout may call their local health department. Although the presence of contamination related to the oil spill is unlikely the departments are offering to sample wells to confirm the absence of any spill related contaminants. Residents in the following counties who want to request such sampling may call the following numbers:
Residents may call MDE's Office of Residential Sanitation toll-free in Maryland at 1-800-633-6101 x3778 or 410-631-3778 to obtain any additional information and services.
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