According to a Suffolk County Water Department proposal sent to the US Navy this week, it would cost $ 12.15 million to supply public water to 128 Manorville homes near the former Northrop Grumman Navy Weapons Factory.
Perfluoro compounds were found in nearly 15% of private drinking wells tested near the former Calverton plant, according to data from the Suffolk County Health Department released last month. These compounds are associated with reproductive, endocrine and other health effects.
The Water Department wrote to Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite on Tuesday stating that it was ready to expand public water and requested the Navy to fund the project. The proposal extends Manorville’s County Road 111 water mains to serve 64 households in Brookhaventown and extends David Terry Road’s water mains to 64 households in Riverhead Town. I’m looking for. This includes the cost of connecting private property to the water main.
Public water, unlike privately owned wells, must be regularly tested and meet drinking water standards.
“I want the Navy to know that it’s ready as soon as it’s ready to fund,” said Jeff Sabo, CEO of the Water Department.
NAVFACMid-Atlantic spokesman David Todd said the Navy had not yet received the letter, but the Navy continues to work on on-site cleanup, “as data and science determine the scope of restoration efforts. I will continue to do it. ” .. “
Newsday reported in December According to court records, Grumman, who operated the plant until 1996, realized at least 35 years ago that pollution caused by Navy operations could move underwater. The Navy owns the land until 1998 and has the sole responsibility for purification.
Residents, advocates and elected officials are all promoting the expansion of public water as the best way to protect public health.
“The sooner people get clean water, the better their health will be protected,” said Adrian Esposito, Secretary-General of the Civil Environment Campaign.
The letter states that the Water Department is better suited to provide public water to the area than the Riverhead Water District, as it can serve homes outside Riverhead Town and carry out projects cheaper. It is stated that it is in.
Riverhead Town supervisor Yvette Aguiar said the town supported cooperation with the Water Department, but defended the Riverhead Water District, which she saw as being attacked in a letter to the Marines.