For Immediate Release

Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD) is aware that parts of some communities within the state are experiencing low levels of the contaminant, perfluorooctanoic acid, or “PFOA,” in their water supplies. Areas in Bedford that purchase their water from Merrimack Village District and private wells located in Merrimack and Litchfield within one mile of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack have detected varying levels of PFOA. The Saint-Gobain plastics plant is where the exposure to PFOA is believed to have originated.

The PVWSD has diligently been following the events related to PFOA. Within the last year, there have been multiple communications with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) regarding the testing results for the affected communities. On July 20, 2016 NHDES issued a letter to inform the PVWSD of new public health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water that have been issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have been adopted by NHDES as Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards; and requesting that the PVWSD voluntarily sample both wells on Foster St. for PFOA, PFOS, and four other perfluorinated chemicals. In order to provide the public, including the most vulnerable populations, with a margin of protection from potential adverse health effects resulting from a lifetime of exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, the EPA has established the health advisory levels at 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for each of these contaminants.

On September 20th, 2016 the PVWSD collected water samples from drinking water wells #1 and #2 located on Foster St. The samples were tested for PFOA, PFOS, and the four other perfluorinated chemicals.  The results for the PVWSD wells do not detect any levels of all six perfluorinated compounds (PFC’s).

For more information about PFCs, visit the NHDES website. Information regarding sampling results, how to conduct private well testing, and water treatment options are available via the PFOA link on the NHDES website at http://des.nh.gov/.


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