The Vermont Department of Health is warning residents not to drink water with C-8 contamination exceeding .02 parts per billion (ppb). Recent testing of drinking water in Vienna, West Virginia and Parkersburg, West Virginia has registered levels of C-8 contamination five times higher than the level the Vermont Department of Health now deems safe.

In its advisory issued on Friday, the Vermont Department of Health states that “if water contains more than 20 parts per trillion [0.02 ppb], it should not be used for drinking, food preparation, cooking, tooth brushing, or any other way it could be ingested.”

“Just last week we learned that Vienna’s drinking water is contaminated with C-8 at over 0.1 ppb, and the latest tests of Parkersburg’s drinking water revealed contamination over 0.06 ppb, which are results that demonstrate a clear and present danger to residents in our community,” said Keep Your Promises advisor Dr. Paul Brooks. “Our water must be filtered, and our public officials must follow Vermont’s example and set an adequate guideline for C-8 contamination.”

This advisory demonstrates a clear need for mid-Ohio Valley communities in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio that have tested at similar or higher levels to filter drinking water immediately.

“Vermont Department of Health’s new guideline is a huge step in the right direction towards protecting public health, and officials in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio must follow suit,” continued Brooks. “We know for a fact that C-8 is harmful and that our drinking water is contaminated. There is an immediate need to begin the process for filtration of the water supply and the implementation of a meaningful medical monitoring program to protect our citizens. At this point, the use of bottled water for drinking and cooking should be advised.”