Apr 7, 2016 2:11 PM

Londonderry officials raise concerns about well water contaminant found in nearby towns

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry is the latest community to raise questions about the safety of its water supply now that a contaminant has been found in wells in nearby towns.

Communities in and around the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack are worried about the chemical perfluorooctanic acid, or PFOA, used at the plant and recently found in the well water that supplies the plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have an acceptable drinking water standard for PFOA but has provided bottled drinking water for neighborhoods where well water tests with 100 parts per trillion of PFOA or higher.

The Londonderry town council announced Friday that they’ve had “multiple communications” with the state Department of Environmental Services reaching back to March 25 regarding test results from Bedford, Merrimack and Litchfield.

“We have asked DES whether the testing zone should be widened to include the closest areas in Londonderry,” according to the statement. “DES has committed to sharing the most recent testing results with us, and assessing whether, based on those results, the testing area should be expanded to include Londonderry.”

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