Philadelphia water scare after latex spills into Delaware River

by ian

A large chemical spill into the Delaware water is causing mass panic for Philadelphia residents.

Up to 12,000 gallons of latex spilled into the river on Friday, just a few miles up river from an intake for a Philadelphia water treatment plant.

The city warned residents not to use the tap water for drinking or cooking on Sunday afternoon out of concern. After residents rushed to buy bottled water, the city then reversed the message saying that no contaminants had been found.

The latest update says the water is “safe to drink” through at least Wednesday, though residents remain skeptical. So far, officials say 40 tests have been done on the water.

This was followed by another ecological concern coming from North Dakota as a train carrying hazardous materials derailed on Sunday night, spilling liquid asphalt in the process.