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Friday, May 24, 2013

Bethpage Water Responds to Newsday Radium Article

Board of Commisioners address Radium concerns

Dear Bethpage Water District Residents,

 As was reported today in Newsday, the Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners has taken proactive precautionary measures and shut down one of its drinking water supply wells to investigate higher than usual levels of Radium. 

On behalf of the Bethpage Water District, we would like to inform our customers that our drinking water has been and continues to be safe with which to drink, wash, cook and bathe.   

The level of Radium in the untreated well water from Well 4-1 was detected at 5.87 pCi/L in January, and the District voluntarily removed the well from production as a precautionary measure.  Additionally, Well 4-2 is being continuously monitored as it has been found to be well below the drinking water standard but is located in close proximity to Well 4-1.  Well 4-2’s production has been limited as it is being monitored.  The State and Federal standards for Radium in drinking water are 5 picocuries per liter based on a running four quarter average of water quality tests.  The treated drinking water continues to be well within the drinking water standard.  

 We are here to reassure you that the District water supply remains in compliance with the standards for Radium and we have initiated more rigorous monthly monitoring at Plant 4 to track the levels of Radium and ensure no impact to public health.  Please feel free to reach out to us at any time by calling the Bethpage Water District at 516-931-0093 or visit our website at



The Board of Bethpage Water District Commissioners

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