While Bridgeport’s water is finally safe to drink, many residents have questions about the testing schedule and what the long-term plan is.
“The EPA will continuously monitor it, I’m not sure of their schedule, that’s up to them,” Water Superintendent Jim Zorbini said.
Only the Ohio EPA can conduct the test needed to check for the substances
It’s latest test shows non-detect results for PFAS substances in Bridgeport’s water.
This comes after a July study which found levels of the man-made chemical PFNA at 21.8 parts per trillion in two out of five of the village’s wells. That amount exceeded the state’s action level of 21.
Since then, those two wells have been shut down.
“I have no idea how long it’s been there,” Zorbini said. “This is something new that the state just started to test.”
The village is now using water from the three clean wells until it can establish an emergency and long-term connection to Martins Ferry, which has received non-detect results for the chemical.
The total cost of that project is currently uncertain, but the Bridgeport plant is in the process of obtaining emergency funding.
“The EPA said it will probably give us $25,000 so, hopefully, it will work out.
“We’ve already had a contractor on site with the engineer to see what it will take to do it and how quickly. They said it will be pretty quick. They would be able to mobilize pretty quick for the project.”
Zorbini said it will take several weeks to make the emergency connection to Martins Ferry, but as of now, three wells are pumping clean water.