March 13, 2016

Governor Cuomo Announces PFOA No Longer Detected at Hoosick Falls Municipal Water Filtration System

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Preliminary Test Results Show PFOA Removed From Water System to Non-Detectable Levels

State Reaches Agreement with Saint Gobain and Honeywell to Deliver Bottled Water to Residents

NYS DEC and DOH Announce Additional Progress Addressing Contamination

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the test results from Hoosick Falls’ recently installed municipal water filtration system show that perfluorooctanoic acid has been removed to non-detectable levels. The announcement comes as the state has reached an agreement with St. Gobain and Honeywell to deliver bottled water directly to residents who need assistance in getting water to their homes.

The Governor also met with a group of Hoosick Falls’ residents to discuss the state’s response and answer questions about water quality. The NYS Department of Health continues to test water samples throughout the Village, and residents are advised to continue to use bottled water until tap water is deemed acceptable for all uses.

“The state continues to take aggressive action to protect the health and safety of Hoosick Falls residents,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have made good progress with PFOA no longer detected in the village’s water filtration system, and we continue to work diligently to address residual contamination. The state remains in close contact with local officials and key stakeholders to ensure access to clean, drinkable water in Hoosick Falls."

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Municipal Water Filtration System

Test results from Hoosick Falls’ recently installed municipal water filtration system show that PFOA has been removed to non-detectable levels. The filtration system has been extensively monitored since its installation in late February, and filtered water from the system is being used to flush the Village’s water mains and distribution system in order to remove any residual PFOA. The state recently approved a $95,000 grant to boost capacity of the Village’s water supply system. The NYS Department of Health continues to aggressively test water samples throughout the Village to ensure that the installed carbon filters are working to restore water that is acceptable for all uses.

The municipal filtration system consists of two granular activated carbon filters, and water runs through both filters before entering the village distribution system. Water is sampled after it runs through the first filter, and again after the second filter. Samples taken after the first filter show non-detectable levels of PFOA, even before the water is treated a second time.

Bringing Bottled Water Directly to Residents

The Governor also announced an agreement with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International to work with the Town of Hoosick and the Village of Hoosick Falls to deliver bottled water to residents in need beginning this week.  As water has not yet been deemed appropriate for cooking and drinking, Hoosick Falls’ residents will receive a rebate for half of all water costs, or approximately $240,000 in total. Residents are advised to continue to use bottled water until otherwise notified. Further details will be provided in the coming days.

Residential Filtration Systems

The New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation also announced their weekly progress in testing water samples and installing point-of-entry water filtration systems. Since March 4, DOH received results from 166 water samples (see chart below). DOH has also taken an additional 228 water samples from various sites throughout the Town of Hoosick in the past week. Additionally, DEC has installed 264 point-of-entry filtration systems in that time period.

DEC started valve replacements last week and expects to complete all replacements by this week. 

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Great strides are being made every day in Hoosick Falls. DOH continues to take water samples from private wells and the public water system, and we’re working closely with all of our partners at DEC and in the local community to tackle this problem.”

DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC continues its work, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, to address the contamination in drinking water in the Hoosick Falls area. Every day we are making real progress to ensure all residents have water that is acceptable for all uses with our preliminary sampling results demonstrating that the in-home filtration systems successfully remove PFOA.”

Well Water Results

Of the 166 water test results received by DOH since March 4, 156 tests or 93.9 percent were less than the EPA Advisory level of 100 part per trillion (ppt).  Only 10 had levels of PFOA at or above the EPA Advisory level of 100 ppt. Of the 156 under the EPA Advisory of 100 ppt, 76 had PFOA levels of less than 2 ppt (i.e. non detection of PFOA) and 80 have levels between 2 and 100 ppt.  

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls

March 4 to March 11, 2016

Total Results Received

166

Total Results with levels of PFOA below 2 parts per trillion (ppt) (i.e. non-detection of PFOA)

76

Total Results with levels of PFOA between 2 and 50 ppt

59

Total Results with levels of PFOA between 50 and 100 ppt

21

Total Results with levels of PFOA over 100 ppt

10

 

 

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls

March 4 to March 11, 2016

Total Results Below EPA Local Guidance of 100 ppt

156

Total Results at and Above EPA Local Guidance of 100 ppt

10

 

 

Public and Private Well Sampling in Hoosick Falls

TOTAL RESULTS SINCE JANUARY 27, 2016

Total Results Received

464

Total Results with levels of PFOA below 2 parts per trillion (ppt) (i.e. non-detection of PFOA)

199

Total Results with levels of PFOA between 2 and 50 ppt

164

Total Results with levels of PFOA between 50 and 100 ppt

42

Total Results with levels of PFOA over 100 ppt

59

 

DEC continues the installation of point-of-entry treatment (POET) filtration systems for homes with private wells, with a total of 264 installed.  DEC has received 656 requests for POETs, with 135 requests this week, and performed 569 pre-evaluations, which are necessary prior to system installation. Of those, 183 pre-evaluations were completed this week.

Preliminary sampling results of tap water from eight private wells with treatment systems installed show the systems effectively remove PFOA to non-detect levels. In addition, DEC started valve replacements last week and expects to complete all replacements by the end of this week. Residents should continue to drink bottled water and refrain from drinking and cooking with water from the public system and with POET systems at private homes until DEC or DOH advises that the water is acceptable for all uses.

To Learn More

Staff from both DOH and DEC have been holding informational sessions every Tuesday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Thursday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), to help address residents’ concerns.

Additionally, the Department of Financial Services will continue to make staff available at weekly information sessions to assist and provide information to homeowners and residents who may have been impacted by recent mortgage-related events following PFOA contamination in the local water supply.

More information is available by calling the Hoosick Falls water hotline at: 800-801-8092 (Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

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