Oct 25, 2016 7:26 AM

360 NH homes to be connected to public water after PFOA found in wells

The Associated Press

LITCHFIELD (AP) — Officials are holding a public meeting on work to connect 360 homes in Litchfield to a public water system after their private wells showed elevated levels of the chemical PFOA.

More than 170 homes are expected to be connected by the end of the year.

PFOA, used in non-stick coatings, was first found in wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire. It has been linked to cancer and other illnesses.

In May, Saint-Gobain agreed to fund the engineering design work by Pennichuck Corp. for the potential expansion of the existing public water system in Litchfield, in addition to funding bottled water for homes in the area.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

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