Read the full article by Katelyn Cordero (Poughkeepsie Journal)

“The state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation are evaluating what measures will be needed to clean the water supply for Dover’s high school and middle school.

Testing revealed contaminants in the water for both schools that exceeds state regulations adopted last year, but falls within the federal limits. The testing was required for the first time due to those new regulations.

Remediation efforts could include enhancing or replacing the water treatment system in place for the buildings, or finding a new water supply. The state said it plans to map out potential causes for the contamination before moving forward with remediation efforts. 

Additional samples of the water are also being taken and examined.

Tests conducted by the state in February found concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA, and perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, above the state’s allowable contamination level of 10 parts per trillion. State officials said levels were at 20 parts per trillion of PFOS and 60 parts per trillion of PFOA. Traces of perfluorohexanoic acid were also found in the water, a chemical that holds similar properties to PFOS and PFOA. The federal standard is 70 parts per trillion…”