Mar 24, 2016 9:36 PM

Litchfield residents voice concern over potentially cancer-causing chemical in drinking water

LITCHFIELD- More than 200 concerned residents packed into Litchfield Middle School Thursday for an informational meeting about a potentially cancer causing chemical in their drinking water.

“You live in the country, you have your own well and you think you’re healthy. You know, you’re giving your kids and your family something that’s not tainted,” said resident Beverly Laduke.

The Department of Environmental Services launched their investigation weeks ago after Saint Gobain performance plastics reported finding elevated levels of the chemical known as PFOA in their water.

Testing has begun in a one mile radius around the company, and so far, some wells have shown levels as high as 820 parts per trillion. The EPA has a provisional health advisory of 400 parts per trillion. DES is providing bottled water for anyone whose water tests above 100.

Along with health and the environment, there’s also a concern about real estate.

“Potentially future selling of the house, see if that’s going to affect the market value of the home,” said Eric Ferren, whose parents live in Litchfield.

Laduke shares similar concerns as her home will be going on the market soon.

“Is this going to affect me selling it? What will we have to do in order to get it to sell?” Laduke said.

When it comes to the potential dangers and just how widespread the contamination is, experts admit they don’t have all of the answers, but are continuing to investigate.

“We have about 95 samples we’re waiting to get back from the laboratory,” said Jim Martin, DES spokesman.

“Once my well tests come back, I’ll know where I’m going to go from there,” Laduke said.

Results from well testing is expected to start coming in as early as Friday. Officials also plan to test the remaining wells in the one mile radius.

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