The chemicals, known as PFAS, were used in firefighting foam during training at the air base and leached into the water system.
Horsham, Warrington and Warminster installed filters to remove the chemicals from their municipal water systems and get to what’s called a zero-detect standard, but it came at a cost: a surcharge of about $130 per year on residents’ water bills.
Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens from Horsham joined Gov. Tom Wolf to announce $3.8-million from the state to get rid of those surcharges.
"It’ simply not fair to ask hard-working families — many of whom are dealing the potential health issues as a result of consuming the drinking water for so many years — to pay these costs," said Stephens.
Stephens noted PFAS contamination reaches far beyond these three communities, but this helps what he calls the "ground-zero of the contamination." The next mountain, he said, is blood tests for residents to get a true understanding of what effects the chemicals have had on them.