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Apr 16, 2019 2:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Test Results Show Nitrates Below State Limit In Hampton Bays Drinking Water

Apr 16, 2019 3:43 PM

The first set of monthly test results collected from the Hampton Bays Water District’s drinking water wells, revealed that the municipal water system is well within the state-mandated limit on nitrate concentrations—despite one business’s claims to the contrary.

Starting in March, Anthony Passarello, the owner of Eastport-based Pure Home H20, began posting on Facebook that the water had high nitrate levels, featuring a photo of the Hampton Bays water tower.

However, Warren Booth, a maintenance mechanic who collects the monthly water samples from each of the district’s 11 wells, said last week that the water was fine. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who serves as a commissioner to the district, agreed.

But, out of an abundance of caution, the supervisor is requiring district officials to test several homes served by the district—mainly those serviced by well field number one, three wells located at the district’s headquarters on Ponquogue Avenue.

Mr. Schneiderman, who will tag along during the testing, said that those results should be available within the next few days.

Based on the most recent report from Melville-based Pace Analytical, the wells in field number one showed the highest levels of nitrates. The April 1 report revealed that well 1-2 had the highest nitrate concentration at 8.7 milligrams per liter, whereas wells 1-1 and 1-3 showed 3.6 mg/L and 5.0 mg/L, respectively—all below the state’s regulatory limit of 10 milligrams per liter.

In fact, once the water from each of the three wells was blended together, the contaminant levels dropped to 6.1 mg/L, and even further, to 5.2 mg/L, after the water was processed through a recently installed carbon filtration system.

The $1 million filtration system was installed last year to remove additional contaminants, known as perfluorinated compounds, which the system has been successful in eliminating from the water supply, according to test results.

On Tuesday, Mr. Schneiderman said that he has been working with Southampton Town Attorney James Burke to determine whether the town should file for a cease-and-desist order to prevent Mr. Passarello from distributing “false information” to market his product.

“He is spreading alarming information—I want to make sure it’s accurate,” the supervisor said. “So far, there’s no reason to believe that there is a nitrate issue, other than this guy saying that there is.”

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And of course we can trust what convicted felon Warren Booth says . . . .
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Apr 18, 19 5:41 AM
We should not and I assume that is why Jay Schneiderman "rode along" on the last round of tests.
The real question is that it a well is testing at 8.7 which is only 10% below the "do not drink" level, what happens during the Spring "make your lawn green with fertilizer" season?
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 18, 19 5:57 AM
Just to be clear, New York City tap water has nitrate levels of 10 years on PWS with levels exceeding 5 mg/L NO3-N for five years or more, thyroid cancer risk was 2.6 times higher than that of women whose supplies never exceeded 5 mg/L. "
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 18, 19 6:09 AM