Saint-Gobain, a multinational plastics company, has agreed to pay for the design efforts to extend public water lines in Bedford. The new water mains will connect to homes with wells contaminated by perfluorichemicals, most likely released from Saint-Gobain’s smokestacks.
Bedford is the last of four communities surrounding Saint-Gobain to receive funds for public water connections. So far, the company has agreed to pay for design plans for the local water company Pennichuck Corporation. Saint Gobain has funded water main construction already in Litchfield, Manchester and Merrimack.
The company has manufactured nonstick materials like hazmat suits in Merrimack since the late 1980’s.