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White Plains, NY Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in White Plains, New York 

Where does White Plains, New York get its water from? One hundred percent (100%) of the water delivered by the City of White Plains is purchased from The New York City Department of Environmental Protection through Westchester County Water District No. 1. The raw water purchased from New York City (NYC) is drawn from the Kensico Reservoir, which is an unfiltered surface water source. Kensico Reservoir delivers a high quality water and has sufficient capacity to supply the City. The City’s three wells, which supply a total of approximately 150,000 to 200,000 gallons per day, were removed from service in 2009. The Federal EPA had previously enacted the Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR), which required us to conduct a study to determine if these wells were under the influence of nearby surface water and that was found to be the case with our wells. 

Although the water quality from these wells has been consistently high for many decades, the new regulations (stated under NYSDOH PWS 43 Technical Reference) now require us to filter this water. As we had already begun the process of rehabilitating our reservoir filtration plant, we are redesigning the unit to also incorporate the well supply. This will enable us to meet the latest Federal and New York State Regulations pertaining to both our alternate water supplies (reservoirs and wells) using a single filtration plant. We expect to resume using both the reservoirs and the wells in 2020, as they are currently out of service. The City has an emergency interconnection to the Delaware Aqueduct (Shaft 22). This connection is located in Yonkers and water is distributed to the City of White Plains via the Kensico-Bronx Pipeline. This emergency connection can supply 100% of the City’s total requirements.  Is White Plains county water safe to drink? Does White Plains add fluoride to the water? No, not that we detected. 

Source: City of White Plains, NY

Contaminants Found in White Plains Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Radiological contaminants  

Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228).

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of radiological contaminants in excess of health guidelines

Birth defects: Drinking water contamination with radioactive substances increases the risk of cancer and may harm fetal development.

Contaminant Levels in White Plains, NY Compared to Other Regions

Radiological contaminants  

No information available about this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228). Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. Drinking water contamination with radioactive substances increases the risk of cancer and may harm fetal development.

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