The Wading River Plant was shut down on September 23, 2021. We are performing extensive flushing in the coming days to remove the affected water from the system as quickly as possible, so by the end of September 2021, all areas will be fed solely by the West Street plant, which remains in compliance. The Attleboro Water Department plans to leave the Wading River plant offline until temporary treatment is in place. Procuring temporary treatment is a process that involves design, permitting, and construction, which all take time. In addition, many other water suppliers across the State are also experiencing elevated levels of PFAS, so treatment equipment is in high demand. The Attleboro Department is doing everything possible to expedite this process, and temporary treatment is expected to be in place and operational in the fall of 2022.
The Water Department is under contract with a consultant to perform testing of treatment processes for PFAS removal at the Wading River facility. The pilot testing is expected to take place through 2022 and determine the most effective treatment for a permanent solution to the PFAS issue. Once the treatment technique is chosen, a plant rehabilitation will be designed and constructed. This is expected to take roughly three years.