Study for DEC lists options for clean water for Hoosick Falls
Oct 18, 2019 12:46 am
Rick Karlin reports in the Times Union that a study conducted for the state Department of Environmental Conservation by Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International lays out five options for Hoosick Falls residents to get clean drinking water. Four years ago perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, was found in the Rensselaer County town's drinking water, from Saint Gobain and Honeywell International factories there. The study suggests getting water from the nearby Tomhannock Reservoir or digging new permanent wells to provide residents with clean water. “Today’s release of the water supply study prepared by the companies is another milestone in the progress being made under DEC’s aggressive oversight to ensure the Hoosick Falls community continues on the road to recovery,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. Other options from the study included building multi-million dollar filtration systems or tapping in to the Tomhannock Reservoir or Troy's water supply, which would also cost up to $48.5 million. Now officials will consider these options to make a decision. “This is a positive development and I am glad the water resource study is now available for review by the public and other stakeholders. It has been several years since this issue was discovered and a comprehensive resolution is needed," Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said. Read more about this story in the Times Union.