New water testing to be performed as part of state budget
Water districts and schools will be required to test for contaminants every three years as part of the new state budget.
Testers will look for the possible carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, and two other contaminants called PFOAs and PFOSs.
According to the state, each contaminant is unregulated, dangerous and has been found across Long Island.
"The more testing we have, the better off we are," says Adrienne Esposito, of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "We can't hide from this contamination problem. We have to know what they are and then we can figure out how to fix them and that's with this law does."
As of now, there is no drinking water standard for any of the three contaminants.
Long Island Water Conference chairman Stan Carey says most large Long Island water suppliers have already been testing for those three contaminants even though it wasn't required. Water suppliers will be able to apply for a hardship waiver to have the state cover the cost of testing.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the state Health Department say they are working on drinking water standards. In the meantime, some homeowners who spoke with News 12 admitted they are tentative to drink their tap water.
"I switched to the bottled water because I'm not taking a chance," says Aixa McGuire, of Hicksville.