More drink­ing wa­ter avail­able for Oak­land res­i­dents

Woonsocket Call - - Front Page - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­call.com

BUR­RIL­LVILLE - Res­i­dents within a quar­ter­mile area of the Oak­land As­so­ci­a­tion’s drink­ing wa­ter sys­tem, which was re­cently found to have slightly el­e­vated lev­els of man­made chem­i­cals called per­flu­o­ri­nated chem­i­cals, can pick up ad­di­tional free bot­tled wa­ter Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the po­lice sta­tion. The wa­ter is be­ing pro­vided by the state De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment.

Mean­while, fu­ture de­liver- ies of wa­ter cool­ers along with 5-gal­lon bot­tles of wa­ter will be made ev­ery two weeks to all fam­i­lies draw­ing from the Oak­land As­so­ci­a­tion well. The wa­ter will be de­liv­ered by trucks and per­son­nel with ei­ther Poland Springs or Nes­tle Wa­ter lo­gos.

Ac­cord­ing to town of­fi­cials, res­i­dents will get three bot­tles each de­liv­ery. Res­i­dents do not have to be home and any empty bot­tles should be left out­side so they can pick them up when they de­liver. If res­i­dents run out of

wa­ter be­fore the next de­liv­ery, they can get wa­ter from the po­lice sta­tion dur­ing the reg­u­lar sched­uled times.

Af­fected res­i­dents – there are around 175 – can also use their own con­tain­ers to ob­tain li­censed-source wa­ter 24-hours a day at out­door spig­ots lo­cated at the Har­risville Fire District, 115 Cen­tral St., and the Har­risville Fire De­part­ment, 201 Cal­la­han School St. There are posted signs lead­ing to the lo­ca­tion of the spig­ots.

The Rhode Is­land De­part­ment of Health says the chem­i­cal prob­lem is with the Oak­land As­so­ci­a­tion’s well and any pri­vate wells within a 1/4 mile ra­dius.

Mean­while, health of­fi­cials are urg­ing Oak­land wa­ter users to not for con­sump­tion be­cause boil­ing wa­ter con­cen­trates the chem­i­cals.

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