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Wells at Pease Tradeport to get filters for PFC contaminants

Union Leader Correspondent

April 10. 2016 7:37PM

PORTSMOUTH — The city of Portsmouth, Pease Development Authority and the United States Air Force have signed an agreement so perfluorochemical compounds, or PFCs, from water supplied by three drinking wells serving Pease Tradeport can be removed.

In May of 2014, the contaminants were discovered in Smith, Harrison and Haven Wells, all located at Pease. The city of Portsmouth took the Haven Well offline immediately because the PFC level exceeded provisional health advisory levels.

Harrison and Smith Wells, with the approval of regulators, have remained online as PFC levels were substantially below provisional health advisory guidelines.

“The city has pushed for treatment of all wells since the contamination was first discovered, and is committed to providing a safe and adequate supply of drinking water to the Pease tenants,” Portsmouth City Manager John Bohenko said Friday.

“It is great news for us to be able to move forward with this project.”

Deputy Director of Public Works Brian Goetz says the Harrison and Smith Wells will get carbon filters within six months. Following that, the issues at Haven Well will be addressed.

Additional agreements between the city and the Air Force for the design and construction of a treatment system at Haven Well are expected to be negotiated later this year.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Air Force will reimburse the city of Portsmouth up to $58,700 for the system piloting and $831,000 for filter installation and other work, Goetz said.

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