Contaminated Water Found in Salem

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Contaminated water issues have been making the news across the country, including several nearby towns. Now, according to the town website, at least one location here in Salem has elevated Levels of PFOA and PFOS.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Elevated Levels of PFOA and PFOS Found at LL&S Landfill
Posted on: June 3, 2016 – 5:53pm
 
As announced today by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), elevated levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been detected in monitoring wells installed at the LL&S Landfill located at 87 Lowell Road in Salem.
 
At this time, mailers are being sent out to potentially affected property-owners with private wells within a half mile radius of the site. These mailers will request that property owners sign up for voluntary testing to be provided by NHDES. If testing reveals that perfluorochemicals (PFC) levels exceed safe drinking standards, NHDES will provide alternative drinking water (bottled water) until a permanent solution is installed. It should be noted that this notice does not relate to the Town’s municipal water system, which is tested regularly and complies with all mandatory drinking water standards.
 
For more information about this contaminate and remedial process, please visit http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm or call NHDES’ public information officer Jim Martin at (603) 271-3710. All other inquiries may be directed to Town Manager Leon I. Goodwin III at (603) 890-2120 or townmanager@ci.salem.nh.us.
 

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