L.I. Getting Grant To Help Filter Carcinogenic Chemical From Drinking Water

October 03, 2018 - 1:37 pm

WAINSCOTT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A total of $14 million in state grant money is headed to Long Island to help clean up the drinking water.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the problem is that when you turn on your faucet, the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane is not able to be filtered out without special equipment – and that equipment costs money.

But with the help of a state grant, the Bethpage, South Huntington, and Wainscott areas will be able to buy equipment to clean up the water.

“1,4-dioxane is listed by the U.S. EPA as a likely carcinogen, and it causes such cancers as skin cancer, breast cancer, cancer of the nasal cavity, and the kidney and liver,” said Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Filtering it out of our drinking water is a necessity, not a luxury item.”

About $10 million will go toward a water main break in Wainscott after 150 private wells were found to have the chemical, while $3 million will go to South Huntington and $1 million to Bethpage.

1,4-dioxane is found in common household items, including body washes and shampoos.