PFAS6 includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA). PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in the manufacturing of certain fire-fighting foams, moisture and stain-resistant products, and other industrial processes.
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This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. Although this is not an emergency, as our customer, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
In compliance with the drinking water regulation, we must provide you with this Public Notice so you can make informed decisions about your drinking water while we continue to monitor the water supply.
Some people who drink water containing these PFAS in excess of the MCL may experience certain adverse effects. These could include effects on the liver, blood, immune system, thyroid, and fetal development. These PFAS may also elevate the risk of certain cancers.
The Town of North Attleborough Water Division has constructed a kiosk for members of the sensitive subgroups (pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children under 1 year old or persons with compromised immune systems) to have access to PFAS-free water. While intended for these subgroups, the kiosk is open to all North Attleborough and Plainville residents.
The kiosk is located at 49 Whiting Street (a small parking lot at the end of Broad Street) in North Attleborough. The initial hours of operation for the kiosk will be 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. This may be changed based on the needs and feedback from residents. Residents will need to bring their own containers to fill. There is no limit on the amount of water that can be taken, but please be mindful of others who may be waiting.
This project was funded through a grant by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The kiosk will remain operational until the water system meets the new DEP regulation for PFAS6. Should you have any questions about the kiosk, please contact 508-695-7790.