HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Residents concerned about drinking tap water after a chemical was found in the public water supply will soon be able to receive jugs of water at no cost.
Funding from the Saint-Gobain Corporation will allow residents on the public water system to pick up free jugs of water at the Tops Friendly Market, according to Mayor David Borge. The water will be available beginning on Sunday, Nov. 29, he said, with a limit of five gallons per day per household.
And an upcoming meeting scheduled for next Wednesday aims to answer residents' questions about the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.
The meeting will be held on Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 67 Main St.
"It will be an informational session and will be opportunity for people to come in and have questions answered," Borge said Tuesday.
Expected attendees include representatives from the village, town, state and county health departments, engineering firms, Saint-Gobain and Tops, as well as local realtors.
Numerous residents have expressed a concern over PFOA in the water supply, a chemical that has been linked to certain cancers. A group called Healthy Hoosick Water, led by local physician Marcus Martinez, and a Facebook page, PFOA in Hoosick Falls, have both been created.
Residents who live on the public water system should check-in at the store's service desk, where they will receive a coupon to use when checking out, Borge said.
Only 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon containers of select brands of water will be available at no cost, and there's a limit of five gallons per day, per household.
Tops is located at 21495 New York Route 22 in Hoosick Falls and is open seven days a week.
It's been just over a year since PFOA was first detected in the water supply, which serves some 4,900 individuals. The chemical was used in manufacturing non-stick coatings for cookware and waterproof, breathable membranes for clothing.
Since then, PFOA levels in groundwater at the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site on McCaffrey Street were found to be up to 45 times higher than what the federal government recommends.
It's still unclear of what was the source of the PFOA.
Saint-Gobain said it will pay to upgrade the village water treatment plant, reportedly at a cost of about $2 million.
Borge said the village is in "very positive talks" with Saint-Gobain, but said he couldn't discuss further details.
Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979