Gov. John Carney signed an executive order Feb. 9 authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist the town of Blades with distributing water to residents impacted by high levels of perfluorinated compounds in municipal wells.

The Delaware National Guard has provided two 400-gallon portable water tanks and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations out of the Blades Fire Hall. Additionally, a 5,000-gallon water tanker is prepared and available for follow-up support.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Division of Public Health started the morning of Feb. 9 to provide bottled water for drinking and cooking to residents of Blades.

Water will be supplied to the town of Blades by DNREC, DPH and the Delaware National Guard to ensure residents have access to potable water.