Mechanical Issues Delay Start of Hoosick Falls Water Filtration System
Missi Reynolds' daily routine involves picking up 5 gallons of bottled water to bring home after work. Reynolds estimates she's purchased close to a thousand bottles.
"It's not what I want to be doing with my time, that's for sure," she said.
She isn't alone. After high levels of the chemical PFOA, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation says has been linked to cancer, were found in the village's water, all residents have been told not to drink the water. The chemical was traced back to the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in town.
Since the discovery, the plant has paid for the setup of a temporary water filtration system. It was expected to begin operation Friday until village workers experienced an issue.
"We had a totally unrelated mechanical breakdown," Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge said. "I'm not smart enough to know what all the different parts are, but it involves computers and a number of different things."
The mayor added that, because of it, they are now delayed a day from flushing the village's system in an effort to clear out the dangerous chemical, which is yet another setback for residents.
Many, like Reynolds, are left crossing their fingers that someday life will get back to normal.
"I'm just praying everyday that something will change," she said.