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PFAS Informational Sessions

The Town of Killingworth is coordinating with the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to host drop in sessions for residents to discuss questions regarding the PFAS found in well water. These remote sessions will be held in order to have representation from the Town and State agencies together in one location to address your concerns. Twenty minute timeslots for each resident/family will be made available Tuesday June 22nd from 7-9pm via a remote platform. If all time slots are filled, we will coordinate additional dates for those interested. To sign up for a time slot, call Amy Scholz, Killingworth Director of Health at 860-663-1765 x223 or email ascholz@townofkillingworth.com.

The Town will host a meeting soon to discuss the status of the investigation.

As a reminder, representatives from DPH and DEEP continue to be available by phone and email to answer your questions. Contact information is below.

Questions on drinking water from private wells and treatment options: 
DPH Private Well Program: (860) 509-8401 or email to DPH.PrivateWellProgram@ct.gov 

Questions about PFAS health effects:
DPH Environmental & Occupational Health Assessment Program: (860) 509-7740 or email to DPH.EOHA@ct.gov

DEEP contact for information on residential water supply wells, bottled water and treatment systems in Town of Killingworth:  Carolyn Fusaro Carolyn.Fusaro@ct.gov

PFAS Resources:

Approved Laboratories That Test for PFAS: CT-Approved-Laboratories-Certified-to-Test-PFOS_PFOA_Revised-_1_2021.pdf

CT DPH Fact Sheet: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water: Health Concerns
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/dph/drinking_water/pdf/PFASCTFactSheet.pdf

EPA Fact Sheet:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/drinkingwaterhealthadvisories_pfoa_pfos_updated_5.31.16.pdf

CT Interagency PFAS Task Force: PFAS Task Force (ct.gov)

CT DPH PFAS Webpage: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Drinking-Water/DWS/Per--and-Polyfluoroalkyl-Substances

PFAS Contant Information

Questions on Killingworth private well sampling (including providing bottled water and treatment systems) and investigation and cleanup of PFAS:   Carolyn Fusaro, DEEP Remediation Division;  Carolyn.Fusaro@ct.gov or 860-424-4105
 
General PFAS Questions:    
Shannon Pociu, DEEP Remediation Division;  Shannon.Pociu@ct.gov or 860-424-3546
 
Questions on drinking water from private wells and treatment options
DPH Private Well Program
: (860) 936-1218 or email to Tiziana.Shea@ct.gov 
 
Questions about PFAS health effects:
DPH Environmental & Occupational Health Assessment Program:
(860) 936-0901 or email to Margaret.Harvey@ct.gov, or, (860) 936-0660 or email to Cheryl.Fields@ct.gov 
 
Questions about Emerging Contaminants in Public Water Systems:
(860) 936-0242 or email to Patricia.Bisacky@ct.gov

CORONAVIRUS (Information from www.ct.gov/coronavirus)

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility:
All individuals who are 12 years of age or older and live, work, or attend school in Connecticut are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on vaccinations and to learn how to get the vaccine, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine

Mask and face covering requirements:
As of May 19, 2021, Connecticut's protocols regarding masks and face coverings were updated to align with the recently modified CDC recommendations. The protocols that are currently in effect statewide are as follows:
Outdoors

  • Masks not required

Indoors

  • Vaccinated not required to wear masks
  • Unvaccinated must wear masks
  • Masks are required to be worn by everyone in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare
  • Businesses and state and local government offices have the option to require masks to be worn by everyone in their establishments

**Download: Guidance document from the Connecticut Department of Public Health on the state's updated mask and face covering requirements

Business sector rules in effect:
As of May 19, 2021, all of the business sector rules that were previously enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted, except for the updated mask requirements as noted in the section above. These changes are contingent upon a low incidence of COVID-19 and the Connecticut population continuing to get vaccinated.

Travel Advisory: Mandates and requirements regarding travel are no longer in effect in Connecticut as of March 19, 2021. However, residents and visitors to Connecticut are strongly urged to follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Click here for detailed guidance regarding travel.

Killingworth Health Department Functions/Services

The Killingworth Health Department works to prevent illness, promote wellness and protect health within the community. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring communicable diseases, enforcing local and State public health laws and regulations, providing health education and ensuring preparedness in the event of a public health emergency. Services include:
  • Regulation of onsite subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) including soil testing, plan review, permits to construct, site inspections, B100 plan reviews, permits to discharge and pump-out reminders
  • Regulation of food service establishments including routine inspections, plan review and permits to operate
  • Approval for construction of private wells and review and approval of private well water samples
  • Routine inspection of day care centers
  • Investigation of environmental health complaints including lead poisoning, substandard housing, public health nuisances, etc.
  • Tracking of communicable diseases and conducting investigations when needed
  • Dissemination of public health information
  • Participation on a regional basis to ensure preparation and readiness in a public health emergency

The Health Department works closely with the Public Health Nursing Agency to ensure that we:

  • Identify, investigate, and monitor community health hazards and problems;
  • Mobilize community partnerships and take action to solve those problems;
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health;
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues;
  • Link people to needed personal health services.

Your input and feedback is important. Please contact the Director of Health should you have any questions, need any additional information or have any suggestions

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How often should I pump my septic tank?
A. The Town of Killingworth requires that your septic tank be pumped at least every 5 years. Undersized tanks and poorly functioning systems will require more frequent pumping.

Q. How are septic tanks sized?
Septic tanks are sized based upon the number of bedrooms. A 3 bedroom house requires a 1,000 gallon septic tank, 1,250 gallons for a 4 bedroom house and 1,500 gallons for a 5 bedroom house.

Q. How do I know if my well water is safe?
A. The only way to know that your drinking water is safe is by having it analyzed by a State certified laboratory.

Q. How often should I test my well water and what tests should I ask for?
A. Well water should be tested yearly for basic water potability including total coliform bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, chloride, hardness, apparent color, sulfate, turbidity, iron, manganese and sodium. You may want to consider testing for radon also.

Q. . Can I make food in my kitchen and sell it at a fair or other public event?
A. For the most part no, although there are exceptions. Connecticut requires all food at public events be prepared in commercial kitchens. Exceptions include baked goods (cookies, cakes), and jams, jellies, and preserves made from fruit grown on a residential farm.

Q. Do you regulate bake sales and pot luck suppers?
A. No. The law allows food to be sold or distributed at non-commercial functions such as an educational, religious, political, or charitable organization's bake sale and pot luck supper.
Town of Killingworth
323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT 06419
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