Three public water systems in Rutland and Washington counties have PFAS above standard, Mount Holly School 16 times state limit

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RUTLAND — The Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed three public drinking water systems in Rutland and Washington counties have PFAS levels above Vermont’s 20 parts per trillion (ppt) standard.

The three systems are Fiddlehead Condominiums in Fayston, Killington Mountain School, and Mount Holly Elementary School.

Each water system has notified its users and issued a “do not drink notice.”

Fiddlehead Condominiums, which serves 60 users in Fayston, had the test results for the five regulated PFAS compounds at 29 ppt.

Killington Mountain School serves 125 users in Killington, and the test results for the five regulated PFAS compounds were 25 ppt.

Mount Holly School serves 120 users in Mount Holly, and the test results for the five regulated PFAS compounds were 323 ppt.

DEC drinking water specialists say they are working with the owners of the three water supply systems to develop a short-term plan to protect public health by supplying safe drinking water to all users.

Engineers will identify long-term remediation recommendations to ensure that drinking water remains reliably and consistently below the drinking water standard.

DEC is also working with the three water systems to investigate the underlying source of the PFAS contamination and determine if there is a responsible party.