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http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/dutchess/n...

The New York Times has a scary piece this morning about falling water quality nationwide:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/us/17water.html

Most of the article concerns troubling findings with the water in Los Angeles, but the NYT provided a database of water quality assessments nationwide, focusing on legal limits, which are actually very lax, and health limits according to new studies, which are more strict. Beacon water is tested for a lot of compounds, and only shows faint traces well below health concerns.

Compare, for example, to Poughkeepsie or Wappingers or Rhinebeck, all of which have health concerns:

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/dutchess/n...

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/dutchess/n...

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/dutchess/n...

Or look up any other water supply system nationwide/ statewide/ countywide:

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny

This article is a good resource!

Tags: beacon, quality, water

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Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...
http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/sdw_report_v2.first_table?pws_id=NY390... This was rather disturbing. Luckily, it's not Beacon, however, it's too bad it's Cold Spring or anywhere!

barbara capalbo said:
Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...
that's strange cold spring did bad. i thought beacon did good because it's reservoir is up on a mountain, which should be the same for cold spring (melzingah reservoir?). but it seems a lot of cold spring contaminants are of the radioactive variety

radioactivity is what you get when your water comes from underground in mountainous areas. as a related issue, a lot of this area, putnam and dutchess, also has high radon counts inside homes. the mountainous bedrock causes that. but storing your water in a reservoir means you are mostly catching rainfall and runoff, and any underground sources are also allowed to "vent" their radioactivity acquired from filtering through mountain bedrock, like in beacon, and like i would assume in cold spring. so color me surprised and confused

maybe cold spring gets its water from a well rather than a reservoir? when you get your water from a well that goes into mountainous bedrock, you're getting water which is percolating and leaching out radioactive elements, mostly radium and radon, also thorium and uranium, and sometimes the water has been sitting there for a long time in the bedrock

barbara capalbo said:
Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.
http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...
yeah, that's the kind of stuff you leach from granite bedrock. i think cold spring is getting their water from deep wells, where the water has been stewing for a long time down there to collective heavy metals and radioactivity, rather than a reservoir that collects rainwater. i could be wrong, but that what it sounds like. i thought cold spring had a reservoir. weird

barbara capalbo said:
http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/sdw_report_v2.first_table?pws_id=NY390... This was rather disturbing. Luckily, it's not Beacon, however, it's too bad it's Cold Spring or anywhere!

barbara capalbo said:
Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...
Check out other areas in Putnam - I bet realtors are going to see a jump in houses on the market unless people will just attempt to filter their water better? I couldn't believe the number of places in Putnam that have above the legal limits levels of contaminants. I clicked on a couple of places (because I have friends, relatives, etc who live there) and I thought wow, I wonder if they're studying how many cases of particular cancers are in that area due to the particular water contaminants? SAD. Why would an area have way above the legal limits of arsenic? Gipsy Trail. Brewster City Water Supply wasn't good, also: for instance, above the legal limit: trihalomethanes (THMs) are chemical compounds in which three of the four hydrogen atoms of methane (CH4) are replaced by halogen atoms. Many trihalomethanes find uses in industry as solvents or refrigerants. THMs are also environmental pollutants, and many are considered carcinogenic. Trihalomethanes with all the same halogen atoms are called haloforms. So that's terrific about Beacon, considering the many companies that have operated there and still do!

Ben Royce said:
yeah, that's the kind of stuff you leach from granite bedrock. i think cold spring is getting their water from deep wells, where the water has been stewing for a long time down there to collective heavy metals and radioactivity, rather than a reservoir that collects rainwater. i could be wrong, but that what it sounds like. i thought cold spring had a reservoir. weird
barbara capalbo said:
http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/sdw_report_v2.first_table?pws_id=NY390... This was rather disturbing. Luckily, it's not Beacon, however, it's too bad it's Cold Spring or anywhere!

barbara capalbo said:
Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...
NY Times article does have a Graphic "Contaminants In Drinking Water" to click on that explains about concern regarding certain contaminants, such as arsenic. "A metal that enters water through erosion of natural deposits and runoff from electronics processing and treated wood." Cancer risk is 1 in 600 Lifetime ingestion at the US legal limit - 10 parts per billion. You can click on this in the article for more info like about uranium, perc, chromium. There's a map that shows the worst areas - 25 water systems with the highest detection levels. I find this fascinating but my friends and family don't! Oh well...








barbara capalbo said:
Check out other areas in Putnam - I bet realtors are going to see a jump in houses on the market unless people will just attempt to filter their water better? I couldn't believe the number of places in Putnam that have above the legal limits levels of contaminants. I clicked on a couple of places (because I have friends, relatives, etc who live there) and I thought wow, I wonder if they're studying how many cases of particular cancers are in that area due to the particular water contaminants? SAD. Why would an area have way above the legal limits of arsenic? Gipsy Trail. Brewster City Water Supply wasn't good, also: for instance, above the legal limit: trihalomethanes (THMs) are chemical compounds in which three of the four hydrogen atoms of methane (CH4) are replaced by halogen atoms. Many trihalomethanes find uses in industry as solvents or refrigerants. THMs are also environmental pollutants, and many are considered carcinogenic. Trihalomethanes with all the same halogen atoms are called haloforms. So that's terrific about Beacon, considering the many companies that have operated there and still do!

Ben Royce said:
yeah, that's the kind of stuff you leach from granite bedrock. i think cold spring is getting their water from deep wells, where the water has been stewing for a long time down there to collective heavy metals and radioactivity, rather than a reservoir that collects rainwater. i could be wrong, but that what it sounds like. i thought cold spring had a reservoir. weird
barbara capalbo said:
http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/sdw_report_v2.first_table?pws_id=NY390... This was rather disturbing. Luckily, it's not Beacon, however, it's too bad it's Cold Spring or anywhere!

barbara capalbo said:
Thanks! Always such useful important information from you! Cold Spring Village didn't fare so well though.

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants/ny/putnam/ny3...

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