New Hampshire health officials warned its residents this week that some bottles of Poland Spring bottled water may be contaminated with gasoline.
According to a HuffingtonPost.com report, the state’s Dept. of Health issued the warning a few weeks after Poland Spring acknowledged that some of its larger bottles of water may have been used as gasoline storage containers before and during Superstorm Sandy last year. So far, just one person has reported getting sick after drinking water from a bottle that was allegedly contaminated with gasoline.
Affected bottles of Poland Spring water will smell of gasoline, even faintly. These bottles should be discarded because drinking them could cause short-term health complications. It is not believed there are any long-term health effects to drinking the contaminated water because there is not enough gasoline present to cause that much damage.
The only products affected by the warnings from Poland Spring and New Hampshire officials are 3- and 5-gallon containers. Though these bottles should only be used for storing water, some people turned to them during the panic before Superstorm Sandy and began stocking gasoline in them because of the fears of a gas shortage. If a bottle is used for something other than water, consumers are urged to discard it in a place other than their recycling.
New Hampshire officials tested bottles of Poland Spring water and detected the presence of gasoline.