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Saint-Gobain to fund design to bring water service to 61 Bedford homes

Staff Report
September 22. 2017 1:52PM
The Saint-Gobain plant in Merrimack, N.H. (File photo)

BEDFORD — Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has agreed to fund the design study to extend Manchester Water Works service to 61 homes in Bedford, officials announced Friday.

Saint-Gobain said it will arrange with Pennichuck Corporation to complete the engineering design and prepare the bid-ready documents in response to drinking water wells in the area containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) above state groundwater standards, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES).

“We appreciate Saint-Gobain’s continued efforts to provide clean drinking water to affected residents. We look forward to working in a collaborative way as our investigation continues,” said Bob Scott, NHDES commissioner.

“We are pleased that this project is moving to the next phase,” said Tom Kinisky, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “Once the engineering study is complete, and subject to the finalization of a consent order with NHDES, then next steps and timing will be determined.”

Bedford Town Manager Rick Sawyer said, “Bedford appreciates Saint-Gobain’s willingness to work with us on this important issue and in implementing a solution that reflects the overall sentiment of the impacted residents.”

State environmental officials also asked that Saint-Gobain connect an additional 39 properties in Bedford to public water, but Saint-Gobain has indicated to them that it believes these areas were affected by other PFOA sources, according to the state.

The state and Saint-Gobain continue to review, evaluate and investigate these areas. Decisions regarding these properties will proceed on a separate timeline.

Separate from this work, a design effort for 23 properties in Bedford in the South River Road area is now underway. This design will move on a different timeline because Manchester Water Works water mains already are located within the area of these homes, making them easier to connect. A decision related to these properties is still being negotiated. 

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