Drinking Water Supply in ArkansasHunter Worsfold
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received community drinking water concerns regarding the ExxonMobil pipeline spill that occurred in Mayflower, AR, on March 29, 2013.
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There has been no impact on Mayflower’s public drinking water supply, which comes from Greer’s Ferry Lake, located about 65 miles northeast of Mayflower. The Mayflower Water Works is regulated by ADH to ensure that Mayflower’s drinking water remains safe and healthy.
On Friday, April 5, and on Monday, April 8, ADH Engineering Division collected water samples in Mayflower. Lance Jones, P.E., the ADH Chief Engineer stated, “There are no elevated levels of contaminants. All results are either no detection or below the (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Drinking Water) Maximum Contaminant Levels for all parameters tested and indicate there is no contamination of the drinking water from the oil spill.”
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Jeff Stone, P.E., the ADH Engineering Division Chief stated, “The Arkansas Department of Health has been monitoring the response to the crude oil spill incident at Mayflower. The impacts of this spill are localized in a small area that is served by the Mayflower water system. There is no indication that users of private wells at greater distance from this area are at risk from contamination. The Arkansas Department of Health will continue to monitor the response.”