The water department confirms that tap water in Philadelphia remains safe to drink until Monday night.

​​The Philadelphia Water Department has announced that the tap water in the city remains safe to drink until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 27, following a chemical spill in Bristol Township, Bucks County. The department has based its updated timeline on hydraulic modeling and the latest water sampling. The spill, which involved the release of between eight and 12 thousand gallons of an acrylic latex polymer into Otter Creek by a chemical processing plant on Friday night, led to an earlier advisory. However, no water contamination has been detected in the Baxter system. Officials have been testing new water coming into the Baxter water treatment plant, which takes up to 48 hours to work through the system before reaching customers. Bathing and showering with the water is considered safe, and there is no risk associated with inhaling the water or skin contact. Bensalem Township officials monitor the situation, and residents can track the spill’s impact on a map provided by the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.



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