“HOULTON, Maine — Residents of the Houlton Mobile Home Park are being supplied with bottled water after testing of the well water that supplies the facility revealed an abnormality.

A water sample from the park well confirmed that the level of poly and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS’s, in the water is above the health advisory level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to park officials. Representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services Drinking Water Program were involved in the water testing. State officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The park is located off the Old Woodstock Road, near Houlton International Airport, Noreen Pease, property manager of the park said Thursday…

The EPA developed a drinking water level health water advisory level of 70 per parts trillion. A water sample collected in November from the well that serves the Houlton Mobile Home Park was tested and resulted in a reading of 70.6 parts per trillion, according to Pease. She said that a second water sample tested in December also was not safe to drink.

The mobile home park is not supplied with water by the Houlton Water Co, but by a private well. She said that Houlton International Airport used to be an air base during World War II and fires may have been extinguished with chemicals that contaminated the groundwater.”

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