The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) has set up a proactive schedule to clean and inspect the water filtration system at Hoosick Falls Central School (HFCS). NYDEC will oversee cleaning the system and changing its GAC carbon water filters every 18 months. New York State pays for all maintenance and upkeep of the system, including the regularly-scheduled cleanings and filter changes. The first filter change since the system was installed happened over the December holiday week, causing minimal impact on students and staff.
“The filters are part of the proactive system Governor Cuomo had NYDEC install to filter the school’s well water,” said Paul Baker, Superintendent of Building and Grounds.
“In the school’s case, the state installed the system only as a precaution. No PFOA has been found in the school’s water, which is tested regularly. The system was installed free-of-charge to guarantee the long-term safety and health of HFCS students and staff.”
Every 18 months the system will get a thorough cleaning, inspection, and filter change. NYDEC will oversee the process and New York State will pay the full cost of the service. The state will continue to support and pay for any costs associated with the system during its lifetime.
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