Concerns expressed as bottled water program to end this week in Hoosick Falls
HOOSICK FALLS -- For over a year now, Hoosick Falls residents have been relying heavily on bottled water, provided to the village residents by the state, and the company the state says is potentially responsible for the contamination of its water. But at the end of this month, just next week, that service comes to an end.
"I just don't trust the water..."
Lifelong Hoosick Falls resident Richard Gorman says he's been picking up the gallons of water provided to him for free as a village resident, despite water filtration systems being intact.
"I can't really see it ending because a lot of people i talk to aren't going to touch the water," Gorman said.
City officials confirm the water supply program will end next week. Some residents say that causes worry.
"It's been an enormous help because that took that burden of that fear level away and helped us have a somewhat normal life,” resident Catherine Dawson said.
Dawson says many residents are afraid of their tap water - and don't fully trust the filters.
“There's a level of mistrust with a lot of different entities involved," Dawson said. “Really the program, we feel, shouldn't end until there's a new water source."
The village's mayor, Rob Allen, says he knows, even though science says it's safe, it can be hard to believe. Allen provided us with this statement, saying in part,
“We understand the concerns that some people continue to have regarding the possible presence of PFOA in our water. Fortunately, the GAC filters have been operating successfully since they went online, and the finished water has always tested below the detection limit for PFOA (under 2ppt).”
Allen says the bottled water program was actually slated to end months ago - as part of a consent order between the state and the companies - but it was extended until now.
Dawson says despite the additional expense, her water source won't be changing yet.
"Once the program ends, I’m going to be buying it - I won't drink from the tap again. Ever. Until there's a new water source."
The Department of Health also provided us with a statement saying -
"Since March 2016, the granular activated carbon filtration system has effectively treated the municipal water supply to non-detectable levels for PFOA, ensuring village residents have access to clean drinking water."