Blossburg water is safe after false positive

BLOSSBURG – The Municipal Authority here announced Friday that the original test indicating mercury in the water supply for the borough and Hamilton Township was a “false positive” and the water is safe, just a day after declaring it unsafe to drink because of elevated mercury levels discovered during a routine check.

According to Borough Manager George Lloyd, the level of mercury in a test of Bellman Run filter plant water conducted Thursday tested at .0038 milligrams of mercury per liter, which is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory level of .002 mg/L for one day.

Lloyd said the authority is working with the Department of Environmental Protection to determine why the first test came back as a “false positive.”

“There never was any mercury in the water,” Lloyd said.

The test, which is performed annually, was last performed in January of 2012 and mercury has never been found in the water.

“We used to do the test quarterly, but they never got a hit on it, so then they changed it to annually,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd said the public can use the water freely without fear of mercury contamination.