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Mayflower's Drinking Water Shows "No Elevated Levels of Contaminants"

Arkansas Department of Health says recent samples found oil spill has had no impact on the city's water supply.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is easing concerns about the drinking water supply in Mayflower after the March 29 oil spill.

The state agency says it's received concerns about the water since an ExxonMobil pipeline burst and sent heavy crude spilling into the Northwoods subdivision and surrounding areas.

Last Friday and Monday, water samples were collected by the ADH Engineering Division.

“There are no elevated levels of contaminants. All results are either no detection or below the (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Drinking Water) Maximum Contaminant Levels for all parameters tested and indicate there is no contamination of the drinking water from the oil spill,” says Lance Jones, P.E., the ADH Chief Engineer.

Jeff Stone, P.E., the ADH Engineering Division Chief stated, “The Arkansas Department of Health has been monitoring the response to the crude oil spill incident at Mayflower. The impacts of this spill are localized in a small area that is served by the Mayflower water system. There is no indication that users of private wells at greater distance from this area are at risk from contamination. The Arkansas Department of Health will continue to monitor the response.”

Mayflower's water supply comes from Greers Ferry Lake, which is 65 miles away. Mayflower Water Works is regulated by the ADH.
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