WAINSCOTT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County health officials are looking to test private wells after chemicals were found.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the chemicals are known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). They are commonly used in firefighting foam.READ MORE: FBI Executes Search Warrant At Home Of Gabby Petito's Fiancé Brian Laundrie
The problem is that after tests were done on private drinking water wells in Wainscott near the East Hampton Airport, one well tested positive for higher-than-normal levels of the chemicals that can cause liver damage, cancer, and thyroid issues.READ MORE: Yonkers Police: 2 Men Dead After One Jumps Off Building And Hits The Other 12 Stories Below
Suffolk County Deputy Executive Peter Scully told WCBS 880 they are looking to test nearly 100 private wells in the area.
“We’re offering to test people’s tap water for free to make sure that it’s not contaminated. The Town of East Hampton is now offering folks in the survey area bottled water as a precaution, pending results of the sampling,” Scully said.MORE NEWS: New York City Public Schools To Increase COVID Testing, Relax Quarantine Rules