BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Bethpage Water District has shut down one of its drinking supply wells after elevated levels of the known carcinogen radium and radon were detected. A second water well has also been shut down as a precaution.
Water District Superintendent Michael Boufis said the levels are not considered hazardous and do not exceed federal or state standards.
“The water is absolutely safe to drink,” Boufis said. “This has been our normal protocol for years, if we find a contamination we take the wells out of service.”
“If you ask Northrop Grumman they don’t have any knowledge of them ever using radium, but anyone who’s been around for a long time knows that site was kind of locked down and nobody really knows what went on there,” Boufis said.