PFOA in Drinking Water in the Village of Hoosick Falls and Town of Hoosick

Last Update: April 6, 2018
The following is information about perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the Village of Hoosick Falls/Town of Hoosick water supply from the New York State Department of Health including ongoing activities, related information, and contact information.

Ongoing State Health Department Activities

Schedule of State Health Department Staff Availability at HAYC3 Armory

As needed, representatives from the State Health Department will be at the HAYC3 Armory at 80 Church Street in Hoosick Falls to answer questions and provide information about ongoing activities.

Cancer Investigation

The State Health Department conducted an investigation for the Village of Hoosick Falls to see if there were unusual elevations of cancer among village residents. The study covered all types of cancer for the years 1995 through 2014. To accomplish this, the State Health Department used data from the New York State Department of Health Cancer Registry, which receives reports on all cases of cancer occurring in New York State.

Cancer Incidence Investigation: Village of Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, New York - May 2017

Biomonitoring/Blood Testing

The State Health Department has collected blood samples as part of a PFOA biomonitoring study for people who live in or near Hoosick Falls. People who participated were asked to sign a consent form and complete a questionnaire that tells us about their potential exposure to PFOA. This blood testing is a way to learn more about people's actual exposure to PFOA. It will also tell us how the levels of PFOA in the blood of people living in or near Hoosick Falls compare to people living elsewhere. Anyone who has not yet participated and wishes to participate in any future blood testing program can fill out this Contact Information Form or call us at 518-402-7950 to provide your contact information. No additional blood testing dates have been scheduled at this time.

Village of Hoosick Falls Public Water Supply

Repeated testing confirms that the full capacity filtration system continues to effectively remove PFOA from the Village's public drinking water. The water continues to be acceptable for all uses, including drinking and cooking. Read more.

The Village's full capacity municipal filtration system consists of two granular activated carbon (GAC) filters that are effectively removing PFOA from public water. Water passes through both filters before entering the Village's distribution system. Water is sampled after it runs through the first filter, and again after it passes through the second filter. Samples taken after passing through the second GAC filter show non-detectable levels of PFOA.

Testing also shows that every zone on the Village distribution system has non-detectable levels of PFOA. The State Health Department and the Village completed flushing and cleaning of the water treatment plant, water mains, and storage tanks of the entire distribution system. Instructions were provided for people on the public water supply to flush their indoor pipes and plumbing. Samples were collected throughout the Village water distribution system including homes, fire hydrants, businesses, and water storage tanks. This tells us the quality of the water served to every home in the village, without having to test every home.

The latest test results from samples taken at the GAC filter as well as throughout the Village distribution system can be found here.

Private Well Testing

The State Health Department is continuing to sample private wells within the Town of Hoosick. Anyone in the Town of Hoosick who wants their well sampled should contact the State Health Department's Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation at 518-402-7860.

DEC continues to install and sample water filtration systems on private wells.

Fish Testing for Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

The New York State Departments of Health (DOH) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) are working together to collect, analyze, and evaluate fish from water bodies around the Newburgh and Hoosick Falls areas for a group of chemicals called PFCs (this includes PFOA and PFOS). For more information, please visit Fish Testing for Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs).

Additional Information and Research

Letters to Municipalities

For More Information

Water Quality Hotline: 800-801-8092 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

For specific questions about biomonitoring

  • Email: beoe@health.ny.gov, phone: 518-402-7950 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or write: State Health Department Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Corning Tower, Room 1203, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237

For specific questions about cancer follow-up

  • Email: beoe@health.ny.gov, phone: 518-402-7950 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or write: State Health Department Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Corning Tower, Room 1203, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237

For specific questions about potential health effects:

  • Email: btsa@health.ny.gov, phone: 518-402-7800 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or write: State Health Department, Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, Corning Tower, Room 1743, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237

For specific questions about the public water supply:

  • Email: bpwsp@health.ny.gov, phone: 518-402-7650 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or write: State Health Department Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Corning Tower, Room 1110, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237

For specific questions about private wells:

  • Email: beei@health.ny.gov, phone: 518-402-7860 (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or write: State Health Department Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation, Corning Tower, Room 1717, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237