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Ridgewood Water exceeds state levels of a class of chemicals called PFAS and PFOAS

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Residents have once again received another notice that their drinking water system contains higher levels of a family of chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health problems. Ridgewood Water exceeds state levels of a class of chemicals called PFAS and PFOAS.

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According to Ridgewood Water , “We have exceeded the MCL for PFOA at 19 of our drinking water treatment plants and PFOS at 1 of our drinking water plants, of which you have been notified quarterly. We are working with NJDEP to resolve this issue by installing PFAS Treatment at Ridgewood Water Points of Entry, with an estimated completion date of 2026. Together, the length of violations for PFOA were from July 2021 to June 2022 (Present) and the length of violations for PFOS were from October 2021 to June 2022 (Present). According to information from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), some people who drink water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over many years could experience problems with their blood serum cholesterol levels, liver, kidney, immune system, or, in males, reproductive system.”

“Drinking water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over many years may also increase the risk of testicular and kidney cancer. For females, drinking water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over many years may cause developmental delays in a fetus and/or an infant. Some people who drink water containing PFOS in excess of the MCL over many years could experience problems with their immune system, kidney, liver, or endocrine system. For females, drinking water containing PFOS in excess of the MCL over many years may cause developmental effects and problems with the immune system, liver, or endocrine system in a fetus and/or an infant. Some of these developmental effects can persist through childhood. For more information on health affects, please refer to NJDOH documentation at www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/ pfas_drinking%20water.pdf

Ridgewood Water is a public water supply utility serving four municipalities in Bergen County, NJ: the Borough of Glen Rock, Borough of Midland Park, Township of Wyckoff and Village of Ridgewood. The utility is governed by the Ridgewood Village Council and managed by the Ridgewood Village Manager.

12 thoughts on “Ridgewood Water exceeds state levels of a class of chemicals called PFAS and PFOAS

  1. What happened the ridgewood water years ago was the best. You could not drinking it. We loved it.

    1. It also appears there must be alcohol in the water as you appear to be drunk.

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  2. For once, someone should explain why Ridgewood needs a water utility. There are billions of gallons of WAY SOFTER surface water available, free of CANCER-CAUSING chemicals, that can be pumped into our homes. Let’s get out of the water business.

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    1. That’s simply untrue. Groundwater is almost always less contaminated by chemicals than surface water and surface water requires 3-4x the chlorine to disinfect it. Surface water is a more likely target for bioterrorism than well water. Groundwater is almost always less expensive to treat and, therefore, less expensive. I’d much rather be hooked up to a small municipally run water company than a large conglomerate like Suez any day of the week. I can call Ridgewood Water and someone actually answers the phone.

      Ridgewood Water applied for, and received, a $3million dollar GRANT to upgrade treatment and infrastructure. Rich Calbi and his staff are doing are doing a GREAT job and we are lucky to have them. (For the record, I do not work for RW nor do any of my relatives).

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      1. $3m dollars doesn’t even make a dent in the amount of money they need to upgrade all the facilities. 19 out of the 23 wells need to be upgraded.

    2. BTW – NJ’s limits for PFOS-PFOA are very low when compared with most other states. Every state is dealing with this to some degree…some with ridiculously high limits are burying their heads in the sand but NJ and Ridgewood Water are getting in front of this and dealing with it.

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  3. Yes the first post, yes it was great tasting. You could drink a gallon of it.

  4. Should we be concerned. What is the plan.

  5. “3 million dollar federal grant” . Flint recd $100 million. More systemic racism at work!

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  6. Flint is a much larger system with far more issues and far more serious issues hat need to be addressed. Nothing to do with racism. Whatever they needed they should have gotten….safe drinking water is a basic, fundamental need. And keep in mind that no one is Ridgewood is sick or dying from lead poisoning. Do you have an active brain cell in your head that you could dedicate to thought or are they all fully consumed with hate?

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  7. TRUE :”According to information from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), some people who drink water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over many years could experience problems with their blood serum cholesterol levels, liver, kidney, immune system, or, in males, reproductive system.”
    TRUE: “Drinking water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over many years may also increase the risk of testicular and kidney cancer.”
    TRUE: “Some people who drink water containing PFOS in excess of the MCL over many years could experience problems with their immune system, kidney, liver, or endocrine system. “

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    1. All included in Ridgewood Waters notice. Almost every single drinking water supplier is dealing with this RW is ahead of the curve on this. Look at the history of PFAS and PFOA….they are relatively new contaminants of concern. You cannot set standards or guidelines without years or research. Presence does not equal hazard. There is a concentration at which chemicals become hazardous. It takes years to perform risk assessment and establish that concentration. Look at the history of the regulatory history of these chemicals..

      We are not getting sick at the levels in Ridgewood Water.

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