Vt. Governor Lifts Drinking Water Ban on PFOA Contaminated Area

By Kristin Frechette | kfrechette@nexstar.tv

Published 07/28 2016 08:17PM

Updated 07/28 2016 08:17PM

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has lifted the “Do Not Drink” order for the municipal drinking water system in Pownal’s Fire District Two.

The water was found to be contaminated four months ago with the chemical PFOA.

“Today’s announcement means the people of Pownal can return to their everyday life as it was before this disruption. Community members here have stepped up to the plate in true ‘Vermont Strong’ fashion, and now we’re drinking clean water again only four months later,” Shumlin stated.

On July 12, a water filtration system was installed to filter PFOA out of the water.

Officials say the water was most likely originally contaminated from the former Warren Wire facility in Pownal.

The town of Pownal will hold a celebration event with Governor Shumlin on August 1, at 3:30 p.m. to recognize that the drinking water is clean again. The event will be at the Pownal supply well and treatment system at 735 Route 346.

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