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Mountain View Correctional Facility identifies PFAS in water supply

CHARLESTON — The Maine Department of Corrections has received test results indicating that per- and  polyfluoroalkyl substances are present at levels above the state standard in three of the  five wells at the Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston.

The levels of PFAS found in the water tested at the facility are above the state’s drinking water  standard, of 20 parts per trillion. As a result, the affected water will not be used for  consumption, effective immediately.  

Mountain View Correctional Facility houses 304 male residents and operates five wells. Water  in three of the wells exceeded the 20 ppt standard, with levels at 27.7 ppt, 31.0 ppt, and 30.7 ppt. Water in the other two wells tested below the 20 ppt standard. 

As MVCF works on treatment and mitigation procedures, alternative water sources will be  provided free to staff and residents for drinking and cooking.  

In consultation with the Maine CDC and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection,  Maine DOC will conduct more frequent testing on the wells and water at MVCF until the  standards have been met.  

MVCF, as a public water system, tests its water supply for PFAS in accordance with state law.

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