For Release: 08/04/2022
Media Contact: Webster Water Department, 508-949-3861
News Release – Update
Webster Water Department recently received monthly PFAS sample results collected on July 21, 2022 for Station 3-Bigelow well. Results indicate the level is 26.1 parts per trillion which is above the 20 parts per trillion maximum contaminant level (MCL) set by MassDEP. Compliance for the MCL is calculated and determined by the “quarterly” average for July, August and September.
Station 3-Bigelow well has been in operation approximately 3 hours per day since May 15, 2022 while we repaired a mechanical issue at Station 2-well 6, our second largest producing well. The repairs are complete after a long delay for parts. We are in the process of sanitizing the well for a full return to service, which we hope to complete by August 8, 2022. Once Station 2-well 6 returns to service we will remove Station 3-Bigelow well from service and notify our users that it has been removed from service. It will remain in stand-by mode for emergencies only.
The Water Sewer Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 7:00PM at the Town Hall in the Selectman’s Meeting Room, 350 Main Street, Webster, MA, to discuss treatment options for Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances “PFAS6” . MassDEP will provide a presentation about PFAS6 and the new MCL requirements and Tighe & Bond will present treatment options including estimated costs.
This is not an emergency and we are committed to providing consumers with safe and reliable water. As a consumer, you have the right to know what is going on and we appreciate your support and patience while we plan a permanent solution. Webster Water is currently meeting all Drinking Water Standards. Please consult with a medical professional if you are concerned about potential health effects of PFAS. More information about PFAS can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas or visit our website at: www.webster-ma.gov