More drinking water available for Oakland residents
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.