Shrewsbury officials send out alert on water issues

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Shrewsbury – Citing an “effort to be proactive in managing and protecting the Town’s public water supply,“ Shrewsbury officials have announced that the Water and Sewer Division recently conducted “voluntary testing for the emerging contaminant known as PFAS”.

In a release from Daniel Rowley, Water & Sewer Superintendent, he notes “PFAS has been detected at low levels in our water supply, averaging 13.56 parts per trillion. Out of an abundance of caution and given our commitment to keep you informed, we are providing this information even though the levels do not trigger a notice under drinking water regulations.”

The letter continues, “Efforts are already underway to pilot and implement a filtration solution to remove PFAS from the water supply and determine the source. The Town will continue to test PFAS levels on a quarterly basis and update the community.”

PFAS (per- and polyflouroalky substances) are a large group of man-made chemicals that have been used since the 1950ss in a number of products including nonstick cookware, water resistant clothing, food packaging materials, and firefighting foam.

More information can be found at https://shrewsburyma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1777.