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Two Westfield wells taken offline due to contamination

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WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Two of Westfield's drinking water wells will no longer be used after contaminants were found during testing.

The city’s Water Department posted the notice Friday.

Both of the wells are near Barnes Regional Airport and show levels of PFOA and PFOS were higher than what's considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The chemicals were originally discovered in 2013 but the EPA has since changed its recommendations of what's considered safe.

High exposure to the contaminants can cause health problems with the thyroid, liver and blood system and increase risk of some cancers.

The Westfield Water Department is looking into possible treatment options in the hopes of getting the wells back online.

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