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BOTTLED WATER

On Saturday, May 28, 2016 the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Cecil County Health Department hosted a public meeting at Bohemia Manor High School to inform Pearce Creek area residents about public health concerns related to elevated levels of manganese in the drinking water, based on a recent evaluation of groundwater that was conducted by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The ATSDR supports the extension of the Town of Cecilton municipal water system to residents near the Pearce Creek DMCF who currently depend on well water for their household needs. The ATSDR also recommends that until homes are connected to the water system, residents with private wells should use bottled water or treated well water from an appropriate and properly maintained water treatment system for drinking and cooking. Additional background information on manganese can be found in the Fact Sheet.

At the meeting, residents were advised to use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Through August 1, 2016, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration provided bottled water to all residents via the Eastern Shore Coffee & Water Company. Since August 1, 2016 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District has provided bottled water to all Pearce Creek area residents and will continue to do so until the new community drinking water system is operational, which is estimated to be completed in spring 2018.

Residents within the Pearce Creek Service Area can complete a Customer Data Form and return it directly to Eastern Shore Coffee & Water. Upon completion, your household will be signed up for bottled water delivery and should receive the first supply within one week. If you already completed and returned your Customer Data Form, you do not need to take any further action to sign up for bottled water delivery.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the company’s representative Sarah Chandler directly at (877)640-5282, (410)749-4494, or sarah@easternshorecoffee.com.

Feel free to also contact Kristen Keene, Maryland Environmental Service, with any questions about bottled water delivery at (410)729-8920 or kkeen@menv.com.

If you need a copy of the Customer Data Form, please click HERE.

For a copy of the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Health Consultation Letter, please click HERE. For a copy of the full Health Consultation Report, please click HERE.

The summary of the public meeting held on May 28th, 2016 has been posted and can be found HERE.



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