chemicals in our drinking water

As if there are no enough chemicals in our drinking water to concern ourselves with


Chemicals in our Drinking Water

Those of you who have attended any of my talks or read any of my blog postings you realize there are many chemicals in our drinking water which should concern us.

Many of these you may be familiar to you, such as lead, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors. Others are a little more esoteric. An example of an obscure chemical was 1,4 dioxane.

What Is In my drinking water

Three million Long Island residents served by public and private wells recently learned about the detection of a chemical with possible cancer links in their drinking water.  Hicksville’s New York’s main wells were found to contain the high concentrations of the man-made chemical 1,4 dioxane. The sole source for Long Island wells are a network of underground aquifers.

1,4 Dioxane is

1,4-Dioxane is a synthetic industrial chemical which is completely soluble in water.  The chemical was used in aviation, manufacturing and agricultural operations and is now being used as a stabilizer in solvents, and personal care products. It is used in many products, including paint strippers, dyes, greases, varnishes and waxes and is a component of some cosmetics, detergents, and shampoos. The chemical can leech through the groundwater and into drinking water.

Now what

The Suffolk County Water Authority is building an ultraviolet reactor – the first of its kind in the state – which can neutralize 1,4 dioxane. As more hazardous contaminants are isolated in our drinking water – more testing aimed at detection, more innovative technologies, along with updated EPA regulations to handle these contaminants will be required before everyone can be fully comfortable that unknown chemicals are not entering their bodies through the drinking water they consume.