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New Jersey: Sam’s Club Shoppers Stock Up On Bottled Water After Delaware River Spill

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Residents in Philadelphia, Penn., are facing a bottled water shortage after a chemical spill late Friday, despite assurances from officials that the tap water remained safe to drink through at least Monday.
The spill of a “latex product” occurred at a Delaware River tributary in Bristol Township, Bucks County, late Friday, according to a statement from the city. The Philadelphia Water Department initially closed intakes at the Baxter Drinking Water Treatment Plant, but reopened them early Sunday.
“This was done to maintain minimum levels of water in the system to avoid any damage to our equipment to continue supplying water for including fire safety and other needs. Contaminates have not been found in our system at this time,” Michael Carrol, Deputy Managing Director for the Citys Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, said in a statement Sunday.
“Nonetheless, because we cannot be 100 percent sure that there wont be traces of these chemicals in the tap water throughout the afternoon, we want the public to be aware so that people can consider switching to bottled water to further minimize any risk,” Carrol said.
Following the warning, many residents rushed out for bottled water, unwilling to take any chances.
A video shared by Twitter user @bgwilliamsburgl shows shoppers stocking up on bottled water at a Sams Club store in Williamstown, N.J., about 25 miles from Philadelphia.
In an update later Sunday, the Philadelphia Water Department said that hydraulic modeling indicated none of the contaminated water had yet made it to the citys system. The agency said tap water from the Baxter Drinking Water Treatment Plant would remain safe to drink at least through 11:59 p.m. Monday.