Some of you may have heard that the Philadelphia Water Department was advising its customers today to drink bottled water in the aftermath of a chemical spill in Bucks County, north of the city. The agency was concerned about the possibility of contamination given that it draws water from the Delaware River at a point that's downstream from the spill. So far, no contamination has been detected and as of 5:30 p.m., officials had updated their alert to say that Philadelphia tap water is safe to drink, and that bottled water is not necessary at this time.
Haverford College was not included in the advisory because we get our water from a different supplier (Aqua America) that does not draw water at points that could be at risk of contamination due to this spill. Aqua's website has more information about water service in our area as well as the latest on the situation in Philadelphia.
We will keep the campus apprised if any new concerns arise.
John F. McKnight, Jr.
Dean of the College
Vice President for Finance and Administration