Drinking Water Concerns in Cheltenham & Springfield (UPDATED 8/9 WITH NEW INFO)
Posted on Thursday August 09, 2018
There is new information from Aqua America on the water situation in the Township.

  • The water serving Aqua customer’s in Cheltenham Township is below the health advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion.   Residents, community leaders, elected officials and water utilities, including Aqua, have urged the EPA and DEP to adopt a scientifically based strong regulation, address the source of the contamination at the Willow Grove Air National Guard Base, and provide recommendations for effective treatment. 
  • Without additional guidance from the EPA or DEP on a PFAS regulation, Aqua is voluntarily moving forward to reduce our PFAS levels far below the current health advisory.  Aqua’s plan includes addressing systems with PFAS concentration -- from highest to lowest -- and evaluating the best actions for each. 
  • Some Cheltenham residents receive water from the Neshaminy water treatment plant which is next on Aqua’s priority list because it serves so many customers throughout Montgomery County.  Aqua already utilizes carbon for treatment at the Neshaminy water treatment plant which removes some, but not all of the PFAS.  Aqua is completing engineering evaluations of the Neshaminy water treatment plant that will enhance treatment and further address this issue.  Aqua is committed to sharing the next steps at the Neshaminy water treatment plant with Cheltenham Township and residents. 


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Cheltenham - southeast of Easton Road




Cheltenham - northwest of Easton Road



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Please read the letter below from State Representative Steve McCarter, with new information on the drinking water situation and a new meeting date and location:

Dear Neighbor,

Last week, Aqua Pennsylvania took one of its area water wells — the North Hills well — offline and is evaluating treatment options for a second — the Aidenn Lair well — after receiving the results from their most recent testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS, in our area’s water supply. These are chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and in the body and may be associated with adverse long-term health effects. You can access Aqua’s updated results here: www.waterfacts.com/monitoring.

The area impacted in Cheltenham is most of Ward 1; in Springfield, it is Ward 7, Precinct 2. Together, it is an area of about 2.5 miles between Route 73 (Church Road) and Mount Carmel Avenue from Paper Mill Road to Easton Road.

Residents in this area were notified by my office yesterday about these findings. But the closing of the North Hills well has raised questions both basic and highly complicated throughout the townships about the overall safety of our drinking water here. I’d like to invite you to an informational meeting on exactly that THIS Tuesday, August 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Little Theater at Cheltenham High School, 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. Note that this is a NEW VENUE for this meeting.

Representatives from Aqua, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other stakeholders will be there to educate you about PFOA and PFOS, hear your concerns and answer your questions.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP by calling my office at (215) 572-5210 or by emailing me at [email protected].

Like you, I am deeply concerned that our drinking water is safe. I hope you can attend this meeting.


Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough

Drinking Water Concerns in Cheltenham & Springfield
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