HAMPSTEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL WATER TESTING ADVISORY

posted Sep 28, 2016, 7:18 AM by Clifton Dancy   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 5:23 AM ]


HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE (Revised)

 

HAMPSTEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL WATER TESTING ADVISORY

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Roxanne Wilson reports that water samples at the Hampstead Middle School recently detected small traces of Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs), more specifically, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS).  PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals that are part of a larger group of chemicals which have been used in an array of consumer products (carpets, clothing, fabrics, furniture, paper packaging for food, to name a few). The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Drinking Water Bureau (NHDES) analyzed water samples from both wells at HMS and reports low PFOA/PFOS concentrations were found in Well #1 but not Well #2.  The levels detected in the blended sample of both wells (22 parts per trillion) do not exceed, in fact are well under, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines of 70 parts per trillion.

Dr. Wilson states, “According to EPA standards, no action is required to mitigate the traces of PFCs found in the school’s water; however, the safety of our children is paramount and every effort will be made to ensure the water at our schools remains safe for public consumption.  As such, we are taking three precautionary steps: 1) assigning well #2 as the lead well with well #1 coming on as needed, 2) raising the #1 well cap, and 3) researching a water treatment system for well #1.  We will continue to monitor the well samples and will keep the public informed of the results.”      

Important resources regarding PFCs can be found at https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos.

September 27, 2016



Revised 9/27/2016 at 3:19 P.M. 


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