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.READ MORE: Shark Sighted Off Jones Beach Day After Lifeguard Was Bitten
“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.