HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will consider an agreement for a new water system for residents. The agreement is with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell to fund and construct a new water system in the village.
The agreement is with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell to fund and construct a new water system in the village. Both companies were held responsible for PFOA water contamination. The two companies and 3M must pay $65 million in a class action lawsuit.
In 2016, more than two thousand people in Hoosick Falls were tested for PFOA, and according to town leaders, the results came back 15 times higher than the national average for those 12 and older.
Hoosick Falls Mayor Bob Allen said that it has been a long journey to get to this point.
“But it’s great to know we’re at a very important milestone,” he said.
Since 2016, the area has been using a filtration system. Mayor Rob Allen says they are constantly testing the water to make sure it is free from the harmful substance. The chemical has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, thyroid disease, and other serious ailments.
According to the proposed agreement, Hoosick Falls can still use its current filtration system even with the new water source.
“We need to make sure that we have no PFOAS in our waters. So not only are we going to have the new water source, but part of this agreement includes the continued operation of the GAC filtration system,” Mayor Allen said.
Mayor Allen says this will help solidify how the village can access and continue testing the new water source.
“So we could be a year and a half to two years away from being hooked up to our new water source and no longer be using the contaminated source and filtration which we have been using since,” he said.
The board of trustees will vote on the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday night.