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State Says Hoosick Falls May Begin Flushing Water System

Lucas Willard

The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls, which has been grappling with a chemically-tainted water supply, can now begin flushing contaminated water lines after the installation of a temporary filtration system.

After receiving confirmation from the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health, operators can begin flushing the municipal water system this weekend. 

Mayor David Borge said the flushing would "move any residual PFOA-contaminated water in the system to the local sanitary sewer system.”  According to the mayor said state officials said PFOA levels in the system would be diluted and "would not negatively impact the wastewater treatment plant” or the environment when discharged into the Hoosic River."

Residents are asked to continue using bottled water for cooking and drinking until further notice.

Company Saint-Gobain, whose building on McCaffrey Street is at the center of the water contamination issue, is paying for the filtration system. A permanent system is scheduled to be installed this fall.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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