Thursday, May 10, 2007

Contaminated Water Found in Parts of Queens

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities are trying to figure out why a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning and auto body repair has turned up in tap water in Queens...The City Department of Environmental Conservation says it's found "minute amounts" of a chemical called PERC in drinking water in a part of the Hollis neighborhood...Authorities say they don't expect any long-term health problems from the contamination. But they say that if people in the affected area are worried, they might want to use bottled water and take shorter showers for now...The DEP says the problem is limited to the area bounded by Linden Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway, Farmer's Boulevard, Hempstead Avenue and Jamaica Avenue. About 64,000 people live in the area...The DEP says the PERC, or tetra-chloro-ethylene was detected during routine tests last Friday. The DEP has set up an office for local residents at Springfield Boulevard, between 110th and 112th avenues.

Here's more:

Dry cleaner chemical taints Queens water

Elevated Levels of Chemical Found in Queens Drinking Water

Photo from WCBS880.com

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe this area is serviced by the former Jamaica Water Supply Co. (later taken over by NYC). Is that corrrect?

They use well water that taps the aquifer.....not Croton water from upstate!

The "trickle" effect in action!

Anonymous said...

Our drinking water has, perhaps, been poisoned and only one comment has been logged?

Maybe everybody is already dead on this one!

Anonymous said...

This is indeed near the are that used to be served by Jamaica Water Supply. However the water samples in question show that the tainted water is from the upstate Catskill/Delaware water supply system (not Croton, which is in Putnam and Westchester and which is out of use for the time being).

i'mjustsayin said...

"This is indeed near the are that used to be served by Jamaica Water Supply. However the water samples in question show that the tainted water is from the upstate Catskill/Delaware water supply system"

Anonymous #3, just curious, is that official? The DEP's site infers that - at least as of 2005 - that neighborhood is served by Groundwater Well #5, part of the former Jamaica Water Supply Co:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/groundwater.html

Anonymous said...

Official or not.....I don't trust the "allowable" federal safety standards unless The President, himself, drinks that water over a long term period!

Hey Mayor Mike........want to give up your bottled "Evian" for a swill of Hollis/Jamaica tap water?

Ahem.....h-m-m-m!

Anonymous said...

What the hell is going on here? I didnt hear about this until a few days ago and I live in Hollis!. They should be out here handing out bottled water to everyone. Who the hell is gonna drink this poisoned water? Hollis Queens? of course the perfect place for the government to run a mass experiment without an outcry.