Assessing Occurrence and Persistence of Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater

Science Center Objects

Problem : Occurrence and persistence of emerging contaminants in groundwater flow in Suffolk County, New York Objectives: This project will monitor groundwater from selected SCWA supply wells for compounds indicative of anthropogenic sources, which are of increasing public concern. Approach: Groundwater-flow information, well-construction details, and distance from treated wastewater (includin...

Problem : Occurrence and persistence of emerging contaminants in groundwater flow in Suffolk County, New York

Objectives: This project will monitor groundwater from selected SCWA supply wells for compounds indicative of anthropogenic sources, which are of increasing public concern.

Approach:  Groundwater-flow information, well-construction details, and distance from treated wastewater (including municipal and industrial) discharge areas will be used to select 12 wells that are along the paths of groundwater flow from discharge sites. Groundwater samples will be analyzed for roughly 100 common organic contaminants­­­­­—including pharmaceuticals, hormones, and wastewater indicators—that could potentially pass through treatment facilities intact.

Project Location by County

Suffolk County, NY