Cape Cod Drinking Water Found To Have "Troubling" Amounts Of Contamination


CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) —Health officials on Cape Cod said there is troubling news coming out regarding drinking water contamination on the Cape.

A recent Harvard study found an unexpectedly high amount of polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAs at sampling sites across Cape Cod.

The sites are located at the Childs River and Quashnet River Watersheds in Mashpee and the Mill Creek Watershed in Hyannis.

The levels that were detected are reportedly all above the maximum levels set by the state for drinking water. Health officials said the chemicals can come from different sources.

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However, in Barnstable, the contamination was discovered in 2013 and was found to have come from firefighting foam used by the fire department's training facility.

"We have spent since then, about $20 million constructing water filtration systems," said Barnstable Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos.

As the Barnstable Fire Department continues to treat the groundwater on its training site, Santos said there's other sources of contamination that have yet to be identified.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports

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