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Like the other 17 wells the township had used to how to get rid of sugar ants in your house provide its residents with drinking water, well 10 had been taken offline due to the presence how to get rid of sugar ants in your house of PFAS, a toxic class of chemicals once used in firefighting foam how to get rid of sugar ants in your house at the nearby naval air warfare center.

Under the direction of joseph nolan, an engineer who has consulted for the warminster municipal authority how to get rid of sugar ants in your house for about 35 years, the township constructed a new building attached to the original how to get rid of sugar ants in your house well house and installed two large stainless-steel filtration tanks, each 14 feet high and 7 feet in diameter.

Groundwater must be treated if the water is tested to how to get rid of sugar ants in your house have over 70PPT of PFAS contamination. The water from well 10 was last tested to have how to get rid of sugar ants in your house 251PPT. Well 10 is one of four wells in warminster to how to get rid of sugar ants in your house have this water treatment system. After the water is treated, the tests come back with undetecable amounts of PFAS, and is stored in large storage tanks before it goes how to get rid of sugar ants in your house through the township distribution system and into the homes of how to get rid of sugar ants in your house residents.

The navy has picked up the $2.3 million tab for four of those upgrades and maintenance how to get rid of sugar ants in your house because the PFAS levels were above the EPA health advisory. But the navy won’t chip in to upgrade the other wells, which contain detectable levels of PFAS below 70 ppt.

It’s unclear where that funding should or will come from. Residents are already reeling from increased water rates. When the township decided to take its wells offline in how to get rid of sugar ants in your house 2016, it began purchasing water from the north wales water authority, whose water had no detectable levels of PFAS.

North wales is still the primary source of warminster’s water, with the wells making up the difference in consumer demand. When one of the treated wells is taken offline to how to get rid of sugar ants in your house change out the GAC filter — something that is required about once a month — the township needs more water from north wales, which comes at a cost.

“we do have ratepayers out there who were paying for how to get rid of sugar ants in your house what turned out to be contaminated water,” said township manager gregg schuster. “now they’re paying more to get uncontaminated water, and they’re not happy about it, and I can’t say I blame them.”

Joseph J. Nolan, a county consulting engineer for warminster township in pennsylvania, explains how the new water treatment system on well 10 how to get rid of sugar ants in your house works to remove the PFAS contamination, as rep. Dan kildee from michigan listens. PFAS contamination is also big issue facing michigan.

Eight of its 14 wells are offline. The navy has committed to spending $18 million to add treatment systems to five wells and how to get rid of sugar ants in your house to extending water mains to nearly 100 private wells in how to get rid of sugar ants in your house the area. The township is also installing its own treatment system on how to get rid of sugar ants in your house five other wells, one of which came back online in late february.

Horsham is paying for the upgrades with the help of how to get rid of sugar ants in your house a $10 million PENNVEST grant. But even with that level of financial assistance, the township still pays more than $1 million annually to provide PFAS-free water. Like warminster, horsham gets a sizable volume of water from north wales how to get rid of sugar ants in your house and pays 2.5 times what it would for water from the township’s own wells.

Those costs are passed on to customers. Beginning in september 2016, horsham added a PFAS surcharge of about $23 per quarter — a 39% increase — to customer bills to reflect the high cost of ridding how to get rid of sugar ants in your house the drinking water of PFAS. The water authority has since reduced the surcharge, but bills are still 32% to 33% higher than before horsham implemented its treatment plan. And once the new treatment systems are completed, the increased costs of maintaining those systems will be passed how to get rid of sugar ants in your house on to customers as well.

For many communities across the country, an undetectable level of PFAS might not be economical or how to get rid of sugar ants in your house achievable. The military has paid for much of the water remediation how to get rid of sugar ants in your house in warminster and horsham because it was the source of how to get rid of sugar ants in your house the contamination. But given the omnipresence of the chemicals, in everything from nonstick cookware to textiles, other communities with detectable levels of PFAS in their water how to get rid of sugar ants in your house from unknown sources would be stuck with bills they might how to get rid of sugar ants in your house not be able to pay.

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