Jul 8, 2016 1:36 PM

NH DES says majority of water is safe to consume after testing Salem wells

SALEM - The Department of Environmental Services have deemed the majority of wells safe to drink after testing for possible contamination from a nearby landfill.

The DES said 24 of 28 private wells detected either no contamination or levels so low they did not pose a health threat, according to Town Manager Leon Goodwin, The Eagle-Tribune reported.

The popular nearby beach town, Hedgehog Pond, showed levels to be safe. The 24 wells were at about 10 parts per trillion, which is well below the state standard of 70 ppt.

The landfill had levels as high at 560 ppt, causing the investigations. DES spokeman, James Martin, said that the contamination could be from the foam used to extinguish fires, specifically the five-alarm fire in September that burned for 13 hours.

At this point, results for only seven of the 28 wells are available.

For more information on PFOA and PFOS, the DES hotline is 603-271-9461.

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