Hoosick Falls residents push for new water source

January 12, 2018 06:20 PM

ALBANY -- It's been more than two years since the EPA told Hoosick Falls residents not to drink the municipal water. Some of those residents gathered at the Capitol Friday, still worried about what's coming out of their faucet.

"We still depending on these filters, this filtration system subject to human error," said Hoosick Falls resident Kathy Dawson.

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The filters went into place as a temporary solution last year to filter out PFOA. Honeywell and Saint Gobain are the companies deemed responsible for the contamination. PFOA is a chemical that's been connected to certain types of cancer.

"I'm not the only neighbor in my neighborhood who still relies on bottled water, will not drink the tap water," Dawson said.

The group said they've had enough of the filters. They're calling on DEC and the EPA for Hoosick Falls to get a new drinking water source. And they want the polluters to pay for it.

"DEC had promised that a feasibility study with alternative water sources would be out for the public comment in summer of 2017," said Liz Moran, water and natural resources director at Environmental Advocates of New York.

DEC Commissioner Basil Segos said they're working on it. He said the agency has been laser-focused on the village since the PFOA discovery.

"It has long been the objective of the governor and me to ensure that long-term the village has an alternate water supply that doesn't have contamination from PFOA," Seggos said.

The community's needs are being met right now in terms of water quality, according to Seggos. He said the feasibility study to find a new water source is underway. DEC engineers are reviewing it and they will soon share it with the public.

"We want the ultimate solution to be decided upon by the community. It would be easy for us to go pick one solution, put a stake in the ground and say job is done and leave," Seggos said.

Seggos added that it's taking time because they want it done right the first time.


Dan Bazile

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