CUSHING — Testing has found high levels of PFAs in the water at the Cushing Community School.

Regional School Unit 13 posted the notice on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The test of the water system at the school found the level of Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances of 24.9 parts per trillion. This exceeds the state standard of no more than 20 parts per trillion.

PFAs are chemicals that are used in household and industrial products and are now being found in water and soil.

RSU 13 stated it is bringing in bottled water for drinking and cooking and is seeking a filtration system as soon as possible. The filtration is expected to be in place by January 2023.

Cushing is the only school building in RSU 13 that does not have its water supplied by Maine Water. The water source is a bedrock well. Cushing Community School serves students from kindergarten through fourth grade.

PFAs have been linked to health problems including a lowered immune system and cancers.

The testing result was received Oct. 13 and parents were notified. The overall district notice was posted Nov. 2.