Public Health Emergency in Hoosick Falls, NY

Chemicals in the Water

Public Health Emergency in Hoosick Falls, NY

April 4, 2016

Health Emergency in Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls, N.Y., is a small village of about 3,500 people, whose water was recently found with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical linked in some studies to an increased risk for cancer, thyroid disease and serious complications during pregnancy. Hoosick’s residents are having their blood drawn and their wells tested.

According to the state, a nearby Teflon manufacturing plant was the source of the PFOA contamination. The toxic chemical is associated with the making of Teflon, which was used in products manufactured at the plant.

NY Times says, “the situation in Hoosick Falls has provoked both deep concern about water quality and a heightened scrutiny of how public officials have responded.” Similar to Flint’s water crisis, its residents were told several times that their water was safe to use even though the EPA said it was not.

PFOA and PFOS are filtered by the kitchen and whole house water filters sold by Friends of Water, at

Email us at [email protected] with the town and state you live in.  We will review your water supply report, and recommend the right filter, or options, for your situation.  If you are interested in a whole house filter, please tell us the size of your home, how many live there, and how many baths.  

In our view, the most important thing is to get yourself a good water filter now.  Too often we hear from people after they learn about some specific problem with their water.  You can get excellent and affordable filter for your home so then when needed, you have protection from contaminants in your water.  

You can count on the fact that there are things you want not to ingest in your water now, starting with disinfectants.  Chlorine or chloramine are used to kill bacteria in your water, which is great.  That doesn’t mean you want to ingest it.  Disinfectants are designed to kill living things.

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