Hoosick Falls residents told to limit water use after construction issue


Editor's note: This article was updated on July 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. with more information from the village.

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A water restriction will likely be in effect until Friday, village officials say, after a construction issue left part of the water treatment plant without power.

Residents are being asked to refrain from "non-critical" use of municipal water, such as watering lawns, washing cars and filling pools. Electricians are working to fix the issue; notice will be provided when the issue is fixed. Updates will be posted on the village website: www.villageofhoosickfalls.com.

A temporary fix was installed at the treatment plant and has been operational since Tuesday, according to an update posted on the village website on Thursday. All of the plant's pumps are working, and water from the municipal supply wells is flowing into the plant for treatment and distribution.

"The water restriction remains in place until a permanent fix can be completed, which we anticipate to occur by Friday," the update states. "At that time, the water restriction will be re-assessed and notifications will be made to the public."

Village officials say the issue stems from an incident at the plant on Tuesday that left part of the treatment plant without power.

"Contractors at the municipal water treatment plant unintentionally cut the electrical supply to parts of the facility, disabling the plant's ability to draw water from the municipal supply wells," Borge said in a statement on Tuesday.

At the time, Borge said water will keep flowing to residents' pipes and faucets. On-site storage tanks hold water that had already been treated by a filtration system to remove the chemical PFOA.

"However, due to limited supply, officials ask that residents limit non-essential use of the municipal water, such as watering lawns and filling pools," Borge said in the statement.

The plant on Waterworks Road draws groundwater from three wells. A granulated activated carbon (GAC) filtration system was installed at the plant this spring to remove PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, from the groundwater. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics agreed to pay the $219,563 to rent and install the filter, as well as pay for any long-term maintenance. The state says Saint-Gobain along with Honeywell International are responsible for PFOA contamination in the village.

Saint-Gobain also agreed to install and maintain a larger, "permanent" filtration system. Construction is underway and slated to be completed this fall.


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