Tests show elevated carcinogen in country club water

GREENLAND – Bottled water is being provided for drinking and cooking at Breakfast Hill Golf Club after recent tests show the suspected carcinogen 1,4-dioxane is above new state standards.
Water samples taken at the golf club on Oct. 15 tested at .61 parts per billion.
“Based on existing hydrogeologic data and the current conceptual site model for the Coakley Landfill, it is believed that the source of the 1,4-dioxane originates from the landfill,” Hoffman wrote on Nov. 1.
Hoffman explained that the Coakley Landfill Group is required to provide alternative drinking water to the clubhouse.
A private company has been testing water samples at the location for years.
Sewall said the club has an industrial filtration system on site, but it cannot remove 1,4-dioxane from the water.
Sewall said the state has not provided a deadline to remedy the problem, but he expects action to be taken within the next few weeks.
Last month, officials at Coakley Landfill Group were ordered to provide a family at 368 Breakfast Hill Road with bottled water for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth after their home’s water tested at .38 parts per million.
The privately owned landfill accepted municipal and industrial wastes from the Portsmouth area between 1972 and 1982.
Incinerator residue was also accepted for a refuse-to-energy project between 1982 and 1985, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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