On March 24, thousands of gallons of a latex finishing solution spilled into a tributary of the Delaware River, which provides drinking water for an estimated 975,000 Philadelphians. PennEnvironment responded swiftly to alert the public and advocate for stronger protections for our drinking water.
Stephanie Wein, water and conservation advocate with PennEnvironment, urged companies to move away from dangerous chemicals. Her call was picked up in the Philadelphia Inquirer, KYW Radio, The Metro, CNN and other outlets.
“This incident upstream of Philadelphia’s major drinking water intake is the latest reminder of why we must reduce the use of toxic substances and shift to safer alternatives wherever possible,” said Stephanie.
“All Pennsylvanians should be able to trust the water coming out of their tap. The Delaware River and its watershed provide the drinking water for 15 million people throughout the region — we have to take every possible precaution to keep this critical water source safe.”