NORTH HALEDON- Many toxins are discovered in North Haledon residential wells, and officials have advised homeowners with private wells to have them tested.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is now analyzing the situation. They first discovered toxins in a resident’s well on Tamboer Drive while performing a routine test.
“It was a surprise to everyone,” reported Mayor Randy George.
The homeowner reached the borough, which then, at that point, informed the DEP and sent letters to all homeowners nearby the toxic water.
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs, are found in wells, and PFAs never break down in boiling water. As a result, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that exposure to these toxins could “lead to adverse health effects.”
On Friday, George reported that around five and ten homeowners had polluted well water. The cases were restricted to Graham Avenue and Tamboer Drive, a region west of Squaw Brook Road.
But officials predict additional positive studies.
“More and more wells are coming up with it; quite frankly, there’s going to be a lot of homes with this,” the mayor said.
Artificial chemicals are common in many industrial applications, firefighting foams, and grease repellants. However, the EPA says they can cause severe health effects. For example, they can affect a baby’s birth weight, causes cancer, nervous disorders, and increase the human body’s cholesterol level.
“More and more wells are coming up with it, so, quite frankly, there’s going to be a lot of homes with this,” Randy George said.
George said there is no reason for residents to fear. However, he recommended they drink filtered bottled water until they confirm that their well water is clean. “I’m not trying to play this down; I’m trying to make this as serious as it sounds,” he said.
The pollution level for the detected toxins should not top 13 parts per trillion. But unfortunately, George did not know how much they surpassed that mark in local well water.