The Southampton Town Board will have a special meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. to consider authorizing the purchase of bottled water for emergency distribution to private well owners within an area around the former Damascus Road Landfill in East Quogue after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it had issued a water quality advisory for the neighborhood.
The town board will also consider allowing Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to sign off on submission of an application to the state’s Critical Infrastructure Grant Program — a move recently made by the East Hampton Town Board as it attempts to bring public water to portions of Wainscott around the East Hampton Airport impacted by similar contamination concerns.
According to the DEC, it along with the New York State Department of Health is evaluating a number of sites, including inactive landfills, for potential impacts to drinking water supplies including contamination by PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which are currently unregulated by the federal government.
According to a press release issued by the DEC, monitoring wells installed at the site indicated that combined PFOS and PFOA exceeded Environmental Protection Agency health advisory levels of 70 parts per trillion, with a concentration of 11,620 ppt detected. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has begun a private well survey in the vicinity and would like to sample all private wells in the area bounded on the north by Woodleigh Place and Damascus Road, on the west by Quogue Riverhead Road and Heatherwood Lane, and the east by Lewis Road and Walker Avenue, and south continuing to Shinnecock Bay. Residents can contact the department of health Office of Water Resources at (631) 852-5810. To have bottled water delivered to your home at no cost, contact Southampton Town Hall at (631) 283-2380 or (631) 287-5745.