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Jul 23, 2018 1:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Water District Gets Green Light To Turn On Two Of Three Wells

The Hampton Bays Water District. FILE PHOTO
Jul 24, 2018 4:07 PM

Hampton Bays Water District officials announced on Monday that two of its three drinking wells, which were shut off last year after two unregulated chemicals were found, were put back in service over the weekend.

Last year, routine testing of the three wells revealed that the water contained 73 parts per trillion, or ppt, of the contaminants—perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA—slightly more than the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard of 70 ppt, according to HBWD Superintendent Robert King.

The wells were immediately shut off and remained inoperable for more than a year while the district installed a $1 million carbon filtration system to remove the contaminants from the drinking water.

On Saturday, Mr. King received the okay from the State Department of Health to put the two wells back into service. He indicated that the district’s third out-of-service well should be up and running within the next seven to 10 days.

Mr. King could not immediately provide the water testing results, which were completed by officials from the Suffolk County Water Authority on Friday, but he said that they were below the EPA’s standard.

Joseph Pokorny, deputy chief executive officer for operations at SCWA, said on Monday that the authority’s lab technicians reported levels of less than 20 ppt of PFOA and 40 ppt for PFOS.

“Everything was negative,” he said. “We did not see any contamination after the filter.”

“It was removing it all,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said of the carbon filtration system.

Officials from the water authority also sent water samples to the State Department of Health last week, and, according to Mr. King, are expecting to see specific results later this week.

While the three wells were offline, the district was pumping out, on average, 7 million gallons of water per day, whereas it should have been closer to 9 million. Mr. King reported on Monday that with the two wells back in service, that number has jumped closer to 8 million.

Mr. Schneiderman said that hamlet residents should start seeing their water pressure increase, as well as see an improvement in the discoloration of their tap water.

Mr. King added that crews from the Ponquogue Avenue water district will continue to flush the hamlet’s downtown fire hydrants every morning, until they run clear, and that residents should continue to abide by the town’s alternating day irrigation plan.

The district began flushing the hydrants, specifically near Springville Road and Rampasture Road—which were closest to the three out-of-service wells—earlier this month to remove residual iron particles left in the water mains, according to Mr. Schneiderman.

He stressed that the flushing of the hydrants was in no way connected to PFOA or PFOS contamination found in the water, and posed no health risk.

“We think we are past the discolored water problems. Hopefully, that is in the past,” he said.

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Can't wait to see what color it will be this time!!
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jul 23, 18 8:09 PM