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The Cellini Studio Gallery in Ambler is putting on an art display in order to show residents of Bucks County the human consequences that have come from the Navy not being careful with their waste.

A statement about human consequences will be put on display this week in the form of art.

The Cellini Studio Gallery in Ambler will be presenting the exhibit, The Weight Of Water, through Friday. The exhibit will attempt to add a human element to the issues regarding the groundwater in and around Warminster.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, had been found in nationally high levels in the water supplies in Horsham, Warminster and Warrington. The chemicals were used for decades in firefighting foams at a trio of current and former military bases there.

Activists Hope Grosse and Yvonne Love hope the art exhibit will bring awareness towards the problems they have faced when trying to get the government to act on the contamination. On opening night of the exhibit last week, the pair were joined by Lora Werner, a regional director for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and state Sen. Maria Collett, D-12, Lower Gwynedd, on a panel answering residents’ questions.

“I’ve been concerned about the water problem ever since I heard about it in 2015,” said Lisa Cellini, owner of Cellini Studio Gallery. “I never thought I’d be giving my kids poisoned water.”

Cellini is a small business owner, a nurse, and also raised her kids in Horsham, where one of the airbases is located.

The chemicals found in the water are manmade, and according to Werner, some health concerns are known, including liver problems, cholesterol, and hypertension in pregnant women. These chemicals have a long half-life, and can stay in a person’s body for years at a time.

“There are so many unknowns,” said Grosse. “We’re finding it everywhere and it could be anywhere.”

Collett spoke about some of the bills she has introduced to keep drinking water safe, and clean…

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