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  • DPH reminds Delawareans to make sure water is safe

  • The Delaware Public Health is reminding Delawareans to make sure your water is safe before drinking and bathing.
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  • The Delaware Public Health is reminding Delawareans to make sure your water is safe before drinking and bathing.
    Here are some tips to check whether your water is safe:

    • If you are on a public water system, check the website of your water provider to make sure your water is safe for drinking and bathing. Eighty-five percent of Delawareans depend upon a public water system. Follow any purification instructions on your water provider's website.
    • If you are among the 15 percent of Delawareans on a private well, DPH will provide free drinking water test kits to detect contamination from bacteria. Test kits will be available at the following sites and must be dropped off at the location at which you picked up the kit once you have a water sample.
    • If the water is found to be contaminated, Public Health staff's goal is to contact people within 72 hours to provide guidance on cleaning up your well. Test kits will be available after state offices reopen, potentially as early as Wednesday.
    The list of state offices are: University Plaza, Chopin Bldg, 258 Chapman Road, Newark;(302) 283-7100; Thomas Collins Building, 540 S. DuPont HWY, Dover; (302) 744-1000; Delaware Public Laboratory, 30 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna; (302) 653-2870; Adams State Service Center, 544 S. Bedford St., Georgetown; (302) 856-5496.
    For more information, call (866) 408-1899 or (800) 232-5460 or visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/floodhealthinfo.html.

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