Hazardous substances found in various bottled waters
MONTPELIER- Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were detected by New Hampshire health officials in bottled water produced by Spring Hill Dairy Inc., of Haverhill, MA and sold in Vermont as well as other New England states.
The water, which is sold under various brand names and lists the source as spring water on the label, tested above Vermont’s drinking water standard. As a result, the state is working with the company and their distributors to ensure they remove the products from Vermont stores. In the interim, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is advising people not to drink bottled water from that source.
Consumers should check the bottled water label to see if it has any of the impacted products. The affected products are those with dates before July 24, 2019. The date can be found on the shoulder of the bottle. The bottled water is sold under multiple brands, including the following: 365, Best Yet, Cumberland Farms, CVS (Ice Canyon), Food Club, HyTop, IGA, and Shaw’s.
The public should not use or consume bottled water produced by Spring Hill Farm Inc. until DEC receives test results confirming the PFAS levels are below 20 parts per trillion (ppt). PFAS in bottled water ranged from 120 to 137 ppt. Since the discovery, the company worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to install a new filtration system to remove PFAS that became operational on July 24, 2019. As soon as DEC receives the latest test results, they will be posted at dec.vermont.gov/pfas.
For more information about health and PFAS in drinking water call the Vermont Department of Health at (800) 439-8550 or visit healthvermont.gov/water/pfas.