Bethpage Twins: Town Water Tastes Like A ‘Pool’

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — A traffic sign in Bethpage proudly proclaims: “Home of New York state’s best tasting drinking water,” but many residents say that’s no longer true.

“It smells of chlorine, it reeks of it,” Jacquelyn Aksoy told 1010 WINS reporter Mona Rivera. “It’s just disgusting, it tastes like pool water.”

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Bethpage was recently forced to chlorinate its water supply over the objections of the water district and many residents.

In 2007, the Nassau County Health Department made it mandatory that any water district that serves 3,300 people had to chlorinate its water as a security measure.

Twins Jessica and Jacquelyn Aksoy have started a Facebook group and a petition to end the chlorination.

“There’s 33,000 people who live in Bethpage”, said Jessica,  “I haven’t met anyone yet who said ‘Oh, I love this chlorinated water.'”

The twins have a booth for their petition at a Bethpage carnival Thursday through Saturday. They hope to gather thousands of signatures.


One Comment

  1. Toni Lisica says:

    How do I sign this petition. I am a Plainview/Bethpage resident for the past 21 years. 20 years ago I was interested in putting a Culligan filter on my main water line and when I gave a sample of my tap water to my plumber he called me back to tell me not to touch my water, because I had excellent water. I recently went away to 6 weeks only to return mid August to this horrible tasting water. When I called the water district I was informed that this would be permanent. I am not happy with this chlorinated water and would like to know where i can sign the petition.

  2. kp sharpe says:

    I know exactly what you mean. In Valley Stream our water not only smells and tastes like chlorine, it looks like someone dunked a giant tea bag in it. The light discoloration of yellow is bad enough, but when it’s brown, you don’t even want to shower in stuff that looks like that!

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