HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – People in Hoosick Falls are now able to receive premixed formula for infants due to the water contamination issue in the village.
Tops Market, where people have been going for months to get bottled water, is now selling a special, premixed formula through the WIC program.
Harold Lessman lives in Hoosick Falls with his wife and their 4-day-old son, Steven.
“I don’t know, and I want a straight answer from somebody,” Lessman said. “What can I do about medical defects? Are there any?”
Lessman doesn’t know if PFOA has also harmed his son.
“This is my only biological son I have,” he said. “If anything happens to him, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Lessman rents an apartment in the village. He said he didn’t know about the water issue until December 2015.
“My wife’s been cooking with it, eating with it, washing laundry with it, making coffee with it the whole entire pregnancy,” he said.
A science panel determined there is a probable link between PFOA and certain types of cancer as well as thyroid disease and other illnesses. Lessman said his wife has been sick, and now he fears the worst for his son.
“I called the health department, [and they said], ‘Oh, we don’t know, yet,’” he said. “The mayor’s not giving me a straight answer. The EPA’s not giving me a straight answer. No one’s giving me a straight answer. What should I look for?”
But Wason is one person brightening the Lessman family’s day.
“I thank God for the water angels,” he said.
Wason delivered good news to Lessman on Thursday.
“I just found out through her just today about WIC being approved for the liquid, so we thank God for that now because it’s too much right now on us day in and day out,” Lessman said. “What are we going to do with WIC? How are we going to get the formula made?”
WIC also said it has been reaching out to families in Hoosick Falls to let them know about the premixed formula.