For Immediate Release
June 01, 2022, 12:00 P.M.
Keith Donner, Village Administrator, Weston, WI
715.359.6114 | email@example.com
RE: Village of Weston Message on PFAS Drinking Water Sampling
The Village of Weston recently completed a 3rd round of sampling for Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Wells 3 and 4 in our system which were previously shown to be impacted by PFAS. This notice is to inform you of the results and the next steps that we will be taking.
PFAS were detected in both wells 3 and 4 in these latest samples and, after consultation with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Village has ttaken, or will be taking, additional action as follows:
- Well 3 was immediately taken offline on Friday, May 27, in response to the recent sample results exceeding DHS PFAS health advisory levels.
- While PFAS levels in well 4 remain below the (DHS) health advisory levels, additional sampling at well 4 is advised to better understand how pumping at well 4 may affect the PFAS levels. That sampling is expected to happen within the next week and results of the additional sampling will be made available once received.
Results of the most recent sample analyses can be found on DNR’s or Village of Weston’s website’s: dnr.wi.gov/dwsviewer/ or www.westonwi.gov/pfas.
We continue to work on interim and long-term solutions to achieve PFAS levels below the current DHS health advisory standard of 20 parts per trillion from Wells 3 and 4. Interim plans include piping changes to blend Well 4 with distribution system water from other Village wells. While the well 4 PFAS levels are below the DHS health advisory level, this action will further reduce the levels in the distribution system. Long Term solutions to PFAS contamination at Wells 3 and 4 include installing Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) at our existing treatment plant. This project is in its early planning stages. Additionally, construction of Wells 7 and 8 will be starting this summer. Planning and design of these wells had been in process prior to the recent findings of PFAS in the water system. This project should be complete in early 2023.
Water supplied to Weston Water Utility customers continues to meet existing drinking water standards and is below the DHS PFAS health advisory level. Weston Utility customers can confidently and safely continue to use and consume water from the Weston water supply as normal.
For more information on PFAS please visit westonwi.gov/pfas
Keith Donner, P.E. Michael Wodalski, P.E. Joshua Swenson
Keith E. Donner, P.E. Michael Wodalski, P.E. Joshua Swenson
Village Administrator Director of Public Works Utility Superintendent