Contamination Prompts Suffolk County Water Authority To Install New Mains In Westhampton Beach
Contamination Prompts Suffolk County Water Authority To Install New Mains In Westhampton Beach.
The water main connections will be an extension of existing pipes and will be funded entirely by the ANG, according to a letter submitted by the Suffolk County Water Authority to the Village of Westhampton Beach, though the letter did not specify how much the installation will cost.
The move is in response to the discovery of chemicals known as perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, in the groundwater.
The ANG has taken responsibility for the contamination, which most likely stems from when the facility was used as a firefighter training location that routinely used fire suppressing foam—a product known for containing the potentially hazardous chemicals.
To date, Suffolk County has found the chemicals in eight private wells and in the groundwater, though it has been treated to nonhazardous levels in the water authority system.
Last week, the Village Board unanimously voted to allow the water authority to extend the water main on Mickie’s Way to reach one of the affected homes.
Village Mayor Maria Moore said the project will not cost village taxpayers any money and that it is possible other private homeowners will be asked to allow similar projects on their streets.
Officer Promoted Westhampton Beach Village Police Officer Steven McManus has been promoted to detective.
“I want to say thank you to the chief and the Village Board for promoting me,” Det.
McManus said this week.