Temporary water filtration system comes to Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Major components of a temporary water filter have been delivered to the Village of Hoosick Falls.

Water near Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics tested positive for the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to serious health issues such as cancer.

For months, people living in Hoosick Falls have been picking up bottled water since the Environmental Protection Agency declared the village water unsafe to drink, cook with, and brush their teeth. On Tuesday, Sherman Baker was making his weekly water run.

“They ask you how many gallons, I usually get two, two and a half gallons,” he said. “We’re just taking it day-by-day right now. We’re not really sure what’s going to be the long-term effects.”

But his water runs may soon come to an end.

The mayor’s office announced the delivery of a new, temporary treatment system that’s designed to filter out PFOA. It’s being paid for by Saint-Gobain.

A company spokeswoman released the following statement:

“Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is committed to helping the village of Hoosick Falls with this situation, and installation of the temporary water filtration system is the next step.”

But the attorney representing the group Healthy Hoosick Water said negotiations should be opened to the public.

“The village seems to think they can have a private discussion, but this is not a private matter,” attorney Dave Engell said.

Engell also believes Saint-Gobain should be held responsible for other effects the tainted water may have.

“There should be a health risk assessment conducted and full analysis of all the exposure points,” he said.

Sherman isn’t convinced Hoosick Fall’s water issues are over, but he called the new system a step in the right direction.

“I’m glad that they’re stepping up, and we’ll have to see where the trail of responsibility lies, so we appreciate what they’re doing so far, so I hope it continues,” he said.

The filtration system is capable of filtering up to 500,000 gallons of water a day. Saint-Gobain is paying for the filter, and it will be managed by the Village of Hoosick Falls.

It is only a temporary solution, but Saint-Gobain said its committed to getting a permanent system and also paying for it.

Currently, the water is still unsafe to drink. The EPA will let people know otherwise.

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