8/18/2019 11:48:00 AM Town of Crescent, county health department announce Crescent spring test results Public advised not to drink the spring water
The Town of Crescent and the Oneida County Health Department have announced the results of recent tests on the Crescent Spring located on S. River Road.
"The test results indicate significantly elevated levels of PFHxS (perfluorohexanesulfonic acid)," the town and health department announced in a joint press release.
"At this time the Town of Crescent and the Oneida County Health Department recommend NOT drinking the spring water," the release states. "We will continue to work with the Oneida County Health Department to determine how to proceed and as we receive further information it will be passed on. The test results can be viewed at townofcrescent.com."
PFHxS is listed as a PFAS chemical. PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics and products that resist grease, water and oil.
Exposure to PFAS has been linked to higher cholesterol, lower female fertility, lower infant birthweights, and other health risks, according to public health experts.
The announcement comes less than a month after the City of Rhinelander announced municipal well No. 7 had been taken offline due to PFAS contamination.
More information will be reported as it is received.
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