More testing of Hoosick Falls water before filtration

Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge

HOOSICK FALLS -Some residents in Hoosick Falls are being told they can flush the water in their homes.

CBS6 News saw New York State Department of Health employees going door to door, handing out pamphlets to let some residents know that water main flushing was done in their area, an effort to get rid of PFOA contaminated water in the system. The pamphlets told residents they can start flushing plumbing and appliances inside their homes.

Once all the flushing is done, Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge said the State will take a number of samples to make sure the newly installed filtration system is working.

For now, residents are still being told not to drink or cook with the water.

Monday, the State released some more sample results taken over the past couple of months. A few samples taken from the Village water showed a bump in PFOA levels. That was before the new filter system was up and running, but CBS6 News asked the Mayor about that.

"I've been told by the Department of Health there are a number of reasons for that. Heavy rains can have an impact on it, you'd think the rain would dilute it, and it would in some areas, but others it may cause the concentrations to be a little higher. Again, they've taken follow up samples and they have then been more in line with what we had been seeing," said Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge. "I really want to stress the fact this is pre-GAC filter. We don't have any sample results yet from the filtered water that's going through."

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