By JOHN GORALSKI
The Town of Southington released a joint message from the Southington Water Deparment (SWD) and the Plainville-Southington Health District (PSHD) as officials continue on the grounds of Light Metals Coloring at 270 Spring Street where 350 gallons of hexavalent chromium was spilled with some reaching the Quinnipiac River.
“As a precaution two of the SWD’s wells were temporarily shut down until there was a better understanding of the amount, type and the remediation process of the chemical spill,” SWD superintendent Frederick Rogers said in the release. “I am confident the Town of Southington’s emergency response team has the situation under control and that there will be no adverse impact to the Town of Southington’s drinking water supply. However, as a safeguard SWD will be conducting a series of water quality samples to ensure the water supply remains safe for consumption.”
The Southington Fire Department, the DEEP, Clean Harbors, and the coast guard continue to monitor the scene.
Shane Lockwood, Director of Health of the Plainville-Southington Health District said in the release that “ the actions taken by the Southington Water Company, and their response partners, were timely and done in an overabundance of caution”. Lockwood also stated there are a handful of private wells in the area and those residents have been notified and sampling is being conducted on those properties.