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Mahwah Water Department : 2021 Tests from the Township’s Well #19 show PFOS levels Exceeding the State Standard

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Mahwah NJ, Jim Wysocki Mayor of Mahwah commented on the notification  from the Mahwah Water Department dated January 13th ,that  reached residents’ mailboxes Friday. It states that 2021 tests from the township’s Well #19 show PFOS levels of .016 micrograms per liter, exceeding the state standard of .013.

Regarding the Well 19 Notification –

“As you may be aware, the Township’s Water Department sent a required notification that one of our wells has a level of Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) above a drinking water standard set by the State of New Jersey. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) is a member of the group of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are man-made and used in industrial and commercial applications.
While this sounds alarming, it is important to note that per the DEP – this is not an acute contaminant and this is NOT a do not drink order. Furthermore, the DEP has also not asked the Township to take the well offline. The State of NJ has set their advisory limit at 13 parts per trillion (ppt). This well’s annual average was 16ppt. A difference of .003 microns per liter. As a matter of scale – that is the equivalent of a single drop of water in 20 Olympic sized pools. With that said, please be assured we take this very seriously and that the Township will be taking steps to ensure the well is returned to compliance – unfortunately due to material lead times, that project could take up to 18 months to complete.
We will be hosting a town wide zoom meeting next Monday, January 31st at 7pm for anyone who wishes to receive more information and to better understand both the current situation and how we plan on fixing the issue. The details of that meeting will be sent out in the coming days. It will also be available on the MCN network and a video will be available online after the meeting for those who cannot attend.
In the meantime, those wishing to do so, can utilize water filters to reduce the amount of PFOS by up to 50%, as indicated on the NJ.gov website below:”

7 thoughts on “Mahwah Water Department : 2021 Tests from the Township’s Well #19 show PFOS levels Exceeding the State Standard

  1. We all wonder did Ford ever clean up all those super sites in the mountains where they were dumping all the paint back in the 60s and 70s. We definitely know though paint was leaking into the streams making people sick cancer. Lead paint, can you imagine what still in the Ground.

  2. Get a bill to Ford motor company. They contaminate the whole damn town. They can afford it. They are disgrace. They knew what they were doing. You take a ride through the hills and you will still fine drums rotting out. Asked the Jackson White’s Indian association they’ll show you.

  3. I remember back in the 80s we went four-wheel-lthrough the mountains in Mahwah you wouldn’t believe how much illegal dumping was going on. I’ve seen so many rusted out drums full of paint leaking out right into the ground left over from the late 60s early 70s. And can you imagine what was dumped inside the mind shafts. And you couldn’t even miss it because you remember some of the crazy colors from back then, it was so wrong. So many people got sick. I’m sure if you were really took a long hike you would see leftovers a different locations. Just talk to the locals

  4. State needs to fix the problem on 287 With all the trucks parking on the side of the highway in the dark. It’s totally accident waiting to happen. And it’s going to be deadly.

  5. With respect to trucks on 287 you are correct.
    I’ll take it further. WHY are there no public restrooms on 80 or 287, or any truckstops.
    Ive seen a rest area in western NJ but NO restrooms.. wtf

  6. Where exactly is Well #19 in Mahwah?

  7. Okay found out that Well #19 is near Fyke Road on 202.

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