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State lawmakers call on council to study drinking water quality

September 25, 2018 - 7:32 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York State lawmakers trying to allocate money to communities to improve tap water formed a council to study safe water standards, but one state Senator says that group has yet to meet one year later.

“The time for waiting is over,” Republican Sen. Elaine Phillips said.

The council was formed during the fall of 2017 to create standards for safe levels of water contaminants that are not regulated by the federal government.

However, the state Senator said improvements cannot be made without a study into safe water standards.

“Money isn’t being used because that council hasn’t been able to meet,” Phillips explained.

Now, communities across the state are demanding the 12 members of the council meet to protect New Yorkers from harmful toxins that could be lurking in their drinking water.

Adrian Esposito, a representative for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, explained that several wells had to be shut down across Long Island due to high levels of contaminants.

“Each month we wait, the public is put at risk,” Esposito said.

“They’re looking for guidance, scientific guidance, to help them make decisions, which of their wells need to be remediated and which don’t,” Phillips added.

The senator said water districts are in desperate need of the council’s help and can no longer waiter idly by.