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County Warns Some Mobile Home Park Water May Be Unsafe

Contamination is a concern, officials say.

As the East End continues to clean up from Hurricane Sandy, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has advised that some water supplies may not be safe for consumption.

In Riverside, officials say that water at the Peconic View Mobile Home Park on Route 24 might not be safe.

Other areas where contamination is a concern include all Fire Island community water supplies, except for Ocean Beach and Maidstone Park Cottages in East Hampton.

The systems have been identified as possibly dangerous due to potential water service disruption that increases risk from contaminants such as bacteria, according to the SCDHS.

Residents who utilize the systems are advised to avoid using tap water directly for potable purposes until further notice. 

In the interim, recommended alternatives include certified bottle water or, where possible, bringing water to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

SCDHS representatives state that the agency is in the process of notifying system operators and attempting to collect follow-up samples.

For additional information, residents should contact their water suppliers or SCDHS at (631) 854-0093.

The SCDHS said that no other water supply problems have been identified in other public water suppliers in Suffolk County, which serve approximately 1.4 million residents.

Approximately 50,000 people in Suffolk County are served by private wells.

Residents with wellheads that have been submerged by floodwater are also advised to consume bottled water or boil water until they have their well tested by a commercial certified laboratory; residents are also advised to have their wells disinfected prior to testing.

Correction: We previously reported that Peconic View Mobile Home Park is located in Riverhead. It is located in Riverside. We regret the error.

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