Document states Hoosick Falls aware of water contaminant months before public informed not to drink

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new document states Hoosick Falls asked for the village water to be tested even before people there were told not to drink it.

The water issues in the village of Hoosick Falls has people there feeling stuck and wishing they had been informed of the issue earlier.

“We just don’t know who to believe anymore,” Stacy Parker, of Hoosick, said.

Parker is tired and disgusted. On Tuesday, a document labeled confidential was posted on the Hoosick Falls water website. It’s a letter from Calgon Carbon Corporation, the same company that made the temporary filtration system being installed in the village.

The letter states that on April 30, 2015, Hoosick Falls sent water samples to Calgon and requested Calgon’s services to conduct a study in regards to the use of activated carbon to reduce PFOAs in Hoosick Falls’ potable water stream.

The people of Hoosick Falls were not instructed to stop drinking the water until November 2015.

“This is the type of information that has, you know, made us question what we’re being told every day here,” Parker said.

Last week, NEWS10 ABC asked Village Mayor Dave Borge why people were not told about the investigation into the water issue while it was underway.

“Because we didn’t know what to inform them,” he said.

Parker said village officials weren’t telling people to stop drinking the water, however the village was was already trying to remove substances from the village water system, according to the mayor and the document.

Parker said she’s had thyroid cancer and believes the water could be to blame.

“When that first EPA letter was distributed – the November letter – I stood right there and heard one of the town councilmen said, ‘The water’s fine. I’ve been drinking it my whole life,’” Parker recalled. “I had to walk away. You know, every day, I’m looking at these scars on my throat, you know, and now to know that this could be the cause – it’s infuriating.”

Michael Hickey discovered the contamination by conducting his own testing in September 2014. He agrees with Parker.

“Why are we reaching out to Calgon to remove this contaminant if we’re not concerned with it in our drinking water,” he asked. “You know, I think at that point in time it was still drink at your own risk. I’m still drinking it. It’s personal choice, but yet, we’re reaching out to Calgon for a piece of machinery that’s ultimately costing $300,000, I think, for rental.”

The mayor was not available for comment on Tuesday.

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