Report: There is apparently some major water issue that is being overlooked (H2O’h No!!)

(This photo does not depict the Lloyd Aquifer, but it gives you an idea where our fresh water comes from)

Point Lookout blog Making My Point updates us on a major water issue that is apparently being overlooked by most (read – Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting). I was contacted by the blog’s author, who tells me this: “No one besides me reporting from the presentation wednesday that LB water may be DONE? SOON! there were like 60-70 people there.” This is referring to a meeting on drinking water, which occurred early this October in Long Beach.

I checked out the Making My Point blog to get more info and was greeted with the following quote from Harvey Weisenberg, Long Beach, NY  State Assemblyman:

“This is the most serious problem in the city’s history”

OUCH! That’s not good. Making My Point explains:

Long Beach and Atlantic Beach test wells show potential saltwater incursion may be underway into Lloyd Aquifer -our “sole water resource” (that means THE ONLY PLACE WE CAN GET OUR DRINKING WATER)- , right below us at about 1500 feet down.

That would be a “game over” for drinking water here on the barrier beach.  There are no water pipelines from anywhere to here, no way to start cisterns and other catchment because a few feet down in our ground is salt water, so there’s nowhere to store catchment. 

Head over to Making My Point and read the full article:  October, 11th, 2012: Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting.

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16 thoughts on “Report: There is apparently some major water issue that is being overlooked (H2O’h No!!)”

  1. true story and the focus of most of my work over the past year…not just LB, but the Island as a whole. All 2.8 million of us are entirely dependent on our underground aquifers. In Nassau, communities on both shores are dealing with salt water intrusion. Suffolk county is 70 unsewered, so we’re looking at about 1.5 million people pretty much shitting in our water…same situation in a big chunk on the north shore in nassau. meanwhile, there’s plumes containing known carcinogens drifting from old manufactured gas sites throughout the Island and a massive plume drifting south from the old grumman site in bethpage that’s threatening to contaminate drinking water in farmingdale,bethpage, massapequa and seaford. oh yeah, and keep applying all those pesticides and fertilizers too folks. that stuff does us good.

    so, the big question is, “who’s in charge”. Your answer? No one. In fact, Nassau County even cancelled its contract with the USGS…the only government agency tracking groundwater levels. smart budgetary move, right?

    time to start yelling, people.

  2. Not sure about anyone else but I would not call LB water drinkable… I get brown water at least once every other week (not including hydrant flushing), is anyone experiencing this? My building had the city test and of course they found no issue. We’re looking to a 3rd party testing company now… How’s everyone else’s water??

  3. Just to be clear, LB will not go without drinking water. That said, it will cost tens of millions of dollars to either extend the wells deeper into the Lloyd or have water piped to us from another well further inland.

    But yeah, none of the options are good.

  4. The super in my building keeps acting like I’m crazy when I complain about brown water and swears I’m the only one complaining (yeah, right!) then mysteriously we switch to green water with a heavy chlorine scent. With what it costs to live here, I think I’m reasonable in expecting clean, palatable water.

    Then we have the other issue which will affect NYS water sources, Fracking! If you really believe it won’t affect LI, I have a bridge to sell you.

  5. How about a water purifier in your home? It’s pricy but it’s worth it, there is a company called clean water. I haven’t had brown water in years. Check them out .

  6. You’re btwn Lincoln and Monroe, right? I have the same water issues. Sometimes, even if I run the water for 10 minutes, I’ll suddenly get really brown water. I guess it’s when a truck rolls by?

  7. Here’s an idea. Let’s issue variances to every builder in Long Beach to permit more and more high-rise development and subdivision. Let’s jam five families into every lot that one family occupies.

    Odd that Weisenburg is jumping on this bandwagon. For thirty years he championed more and more dense development of Long Beach.

    Shame on you, Harvey.

  8. And some history…

    Back in the days when shallow wells served Long Island, Long Beach was supplied by the Long Beach Water Company. Because Long Beach water was brackish, and drilling 1500′ deep wasn’t yet possible, water was piped through a 20-in wooden main from East Rockaway. Two shallow wells were located next to the railroad tracks there, along with a pumping plant that forced the water to Long Beach.

    The wooden stave pipe paralleled the tracks and was hung on the old trestle. At high tide, the bay would cover the pipe, causing some salt intrusion.

    That East Rockaway well and pipe was constructed in 1880 for the Long Beach Hotel and lasted well into the 1920’s when deep wells were finally constructed around Long Beach and the private water company was purchased by the City.

  9. Same problem here (Lincoln Shores Apartments on Shore Road). I just let the water run for 10 minutes or so until it’s not brown. I used to feel bad about it going to waste, so I’d try to use as much of it as I could (water plants, etc.) but what else do we do?

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