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.
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