Manorville woman throws tap water at board officials in bid for clean water

Clare Bennett says she hasn't felt completely safe in her Manorville home for years because she alleges her tap water isn't safe to use.

News 12 Staff

Jul 16, 2021, 3:04 AM

Updated 1,002 days ago

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A Long Island woman who says she has spent years trying to get an issue with her tap water addressed recently went to great lengths to prove her point.
Clare Bennett says she hasn't felt completely safe in her Manorville home for years because she alleges her tap water isn't safe to use.
"I don't have peace of mind. As far as brushing my teeth, doing dishes, bathing my dog. All these everyday things," she said.
A recent test showed the presence of Acetone, Benzene — and a fuel additive called MTBE — which was banned by the state in 2004.
Bennett says the chemicals are getting into her well from the former Grumman facility nearby. She says she's been fighting to have herself and her neighbors hooked up to public water systems.
But after seemingly getting nowhere — Bennett brought a bottle of tap water to a Riverhead Town Board meeting last week and sprayed some of it in the direction of the elected officials.
In a statement Thursday, Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar wrote in a statement, "The Town of Riverhead recognizes the need to bring safe public water to the residents of South Manorville and Calverton, as soon as possible to address the contamination to the resident's private wells."
But the project — which also includes homes in the Town of Brookhaven — would cost a total of $12.4 million — money that must come from Washington.
Rep. Lee Zeldin is working on the issue as well as Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand. However, it could still be a few months before it's known if the money will be made available.


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