Contaminated Water in NYC

U.S. Water News Online reports about the City Of New York Government seeing a Car Wash facility in Queens NY, as the possible source of contaminated water.

The city tested water drawn from a well and used by a car wash in Queens, to determine if it might have contaminated the water in many neighborhoods, with a chemical used by auto body repair shops.

The DEP of NY (That’s the Department of Environmental Protection) claims that tests have shown falling levels of tetrachloroethylene, a chemical also known as PERC.

Levels for the chemical slightly above the standard were found in a water sample collected during routine testing May 1 07.

As many as 105 samples were taken in the neighborhood. Of the 105 samples, 20 were above the federal standards, which is nearly one fifth of the total, while about 1/2 of them showed no trace of the chemical.

The DEP discovered that the Car Wash was connected to the NYC water system, and at the same time used water drawn from a Well. The car wash’ well water could have entered the Cities line at some time during fluctuations in water pressure, since there was no meter or other methods to manage the pressure.

The car wash owner did agree to let the City test the well water, and it’s connection to the city water system was cut off. However, No water test results were available.

About 12,000 people live in the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis and Queens Village, that could gotten contaminated water.

The human nervous system can be effected by exposure to large amounts of PERC, and if the exposure is long term, it can increase cancer risks. The amounts found in the city water in Queens were not seen to be able to cause any series health problems, the DEP said.

Nonetheless, the DEP suggested that residents use bottled water, and if they are concerned take shorter showers.

The highest PERC concentrations which were detected in the city drinking water was 13 parts per billion, while the the federal standard is only 5 ppb.

Consumers that used a home water filter for their drinking water, were free of any worry about this issue.

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