WILKES-BARRE The Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents of Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties to disregard a posting discovered recently at the McAdoo Post Office in Kline Township, Schuylkill County, concerning contaminated drinking water. The flyer was not posted by DEP and was not authorized as an "official public notice."

The posting makes reference to polycythemia vera (PV), a form of blood cancer, and its relationship to drinking water in 10 communities and "others in the surrounding area." It also encourages residents to purchase water filters.

Currently, DEP knows of no drinking water contamination issues associated with any of the public water systems in those areas. Additionally, the agency knows of no environmental link between PV and drinking water in Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.

DEP reminds residents that the agency posts public notices about drinking water in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, local newspapers and, in some cases, delivers notices to affected customers.

For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call (570) 826-2511.