What is the Water Department doing to fix this?

The Attleboro Water Department is working toward installation of equipment for PFAS removal at the Wading River Plant. 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 will tentatively be operational in the spring of 2023.

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 will continue 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.