The Massachusetts Governor’s office has announced the award of more than $1.28M to 12 public water suppliers to support immediate efforts to address elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) manages the grant program, whose funds help offset the cost of initial responses implemented when “PFAS6” (the sum of six PFAS substances) exceeds the state standard of 20 parts per trillion. The drinking water suppliers received amounts ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.
MassDEP anticipates offering up to three rounds of funding through the Interim PFAS6 Response Grant Program. Funds may be used to purchase and distribute bottled water, install water vending machines, purchase water and/or establish interconnections to alternative water sources, or take any other immediate action to provide safe drinking water to PFAS6-impacted water users. Communities may also use funds to reimburse eligible costs already expended funds to address elevated levels of PFAS6.
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