Mar. 27, 2019

HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a $3 million H2O PA Grant for Warrington Township to renovate water treatment systems for four groundwater supply wells owned and operated by the township.

The four wells have been contaminated with per-fluorinated compounds (PFCs) from firefighting foam used at the former Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base.

“I want to thank the CFA for responding positively to my request, and the initial application request by former Rep. Kathy Watson, to help defer the costs of cleaning these dangerous chemicals from Warrington’s drinking water,” Polinchock said. “The community did not create this problem, and it should not be forced to fund its cleanup.”

Long-term exposure to PFC has been shown to cause various types of cancer and other negative health effects. To remove the PFC contamination from the drinking water, the township will equip all groundwater supply wells with ion exchange and granular activated carbon treatment systems which will reduce the amount of PFC in the drinking water to a "non-detect" level.

The total project cost is $5.3 million. Warrington Township will provide $2.3 million in matching funds from a PennVest loan.

Representative Todd Polinchock
144th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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