ADH: Mayflower Drinking Water Not Contaminated
Backyard in Mayflower flooded in oil. (Photo: Christopher Mullins, THV 11 Viewer)
Drinking water in the Mayflower, Ark., area has not been contaminated by the recent ExxonMobil oil spill, according to a statement from the Arkansas Department of Health.
The public’s drinking water comes from Greer’s Ferry Lake, located about 65 miles northeast of Mayflower. Officials with the ADH say they’ve heard many concerns from residents after the March 29 spill leaked oil into a neighborhood and a cove of Lake Conway.
On April 5 and April 8, members of the ADH Engineering Division collected water samples in Mayflower.
“There are no elevated levels of contaminants,” said Lance Jones, P.E., the ADH Chief Engineer. “All results are either no detection or below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Maximum Contaminant Levels for all parameters tested and indicate there is no contamination of the drinking water from the oil spill.”
The ADH has been monitoring the response to the crude oil spill. They also say there is no indication that users of private wells at greater distance from this area are at risk from contamination.