HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hoosick Falls schools will be closed for two days so that a water filtration system can be installed.
According to the district, the campus is not connected to the municipal water system, and it pumps water from wells located on campus. The wells are tested monthly, and presently, there is no detectable level of PFOA in the school water supply.
A water filtration system will be installed to the school campus as a preventative measure. The installation requires water be shut off in the building; therefore, schools will be closed on Thursday, March 24 and Monday, March 28.
The filter is being funded by New York State at no cost to the district. The district said it has not used any snow days this school year, which provides flexibility in scheduling the installation.
The district said it will host an open house at a later date for the public to review the system once it is operational.
PFOA is used in the making of Teflon and has been linked to serious illnesses such as cancer. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International were named responsible for the contamination by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Read the district’s full letter, HERE.