Weston adds precautions after low levels of chemicals found in water


WESTON — Weston is shutting down drinking water in schools and town-owned buildings after “permanent chemicals” were recently found in water test samples.

First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor said despite the precautionary measures the water quality still met government standards.

“Recent and extensive water testing has shown that potable water provided to the Weston Public School Building and Weston Township Office Building meets current federal and current state standards,” Nestor said. “Water testing also revealed the presence of low levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl species.”

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used since the 1940s. They are found in products such as nonstick cookware, food packaging, upholstered furniture, clothing and firefighting foam, according to Weston officials.

Nestor said the town and school have taken some steps out of a “very cautious” consideration. This includes supplying schools and town buildings with bottled water for drinking and cooking, designing filtration systems to remediate chemicals, and holding a public information session to communicate with residents at 7pm on March 28.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the town and Weston Public Schools are taking precautions against PFAS,” she added.

Nestor said the town is already considering improving the infrastructure of the water system. This includes applying for the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, which funds priority projects focused on ensuring compliance with federal and state water quality requirements.

The first step in the process was to test the town’s water, which is how PFAS were discovered. All of the test samples were below the government’s required 70 parts per trillion, she said.

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