Bridgeport’s water is currently unsafe to drink after a high level of a certain chemical was found.

Residents are encouraged to pick up bottled water for the foreseeable future.

“The chemical is in the water, you can bathe with it, you can do whatever you want to do with it, you just can’t ingest it,” said Water Superintendent Jim Zorbini.

Zorbini recently learned of the results thanks to a July 13 Ohio EPA water test.

It found levels of the chemical PFNA at 21.8 parts per trillion in two out of five of the village’s wells. Ohio EPA’s action level is only 21 ppt.

“It is a man-made chemical. DuPont made the chemical for non-stick cookware, it’s everywhere in the environment,” Zorbini said.

“As soon as we got the notice of what was going on in our well field, within an hour, we had those isolated and the clean pumps running,” Zorbini said.

The village was notified of the test results on July 16.

On that day, the village modified its pumping to pull water out of the three clean wells, and it’s working on a long-term solution with a nearby city that received non-detect results for the chemical.

“We have an emergency tie-in with Martins Ferry. We are hoping to capitalize on that,” Zorbini said.

In the meantime, residents are advised not to drink the water.