What’s in the water? Tests link contaminants, thruway construction

What’s in the water?
“But what is seen as progress for some has been a nightmare for us.” In their neighborhood, where about 30 homes’ water supplies come from private wells, homeowners can’t drink their own water.
Started with explosions The well water troubles began about the time of the blasts, Eichner said.
Just about a year ago, the Eichners, and others on County Line Road, received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation explaining that a controlled explosion would happen in the near future and home water testing would be conducted for anyone within 1,500 feet of the blast area.
“At the time we were still drinking the water.
The results of the tests were compared and some wells had elevated levels of turbidity and solids — the water was cloudy.” A troubling time lapse Homeowners on County Line Road began receiving results of the water testing in February, months after the second round of testing, Jeff Eichner said.
If they knew what the reports meant, why didn’t they let people know their wells were affected?
Asked about that, Dave Thompson, spokesman for PennDOT, said, “The post-blast results have a one-page summary for the individual well showing the results of many of the tests as well as typical drinking water standards for some of the results.
“From the time we built the house in 1997 until this construction work, we hadn’t had to replace the well pump,” Valery said.
Homeowners should keep careful records of any expenses they are incurring as a result of bad drinking water.

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