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Endicott South Street wells shut down, improvements to be made

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Officials with the Village of Endicott report calls about drinking water concerns are down significantly, but there are still improvements to be made to water infrastructure.

According to Mayor Linda Jackson, and a 2020 report from the Broome County Health Department (see below), the village's South Steet wells, used for drinking water, had high levels of 1,4-dioxane several months ago. The report says the amount of 1,4-dioxane exceeded the maximum contaminant limit set by New York State.

"We did some testing, realized our limits are higher than they should be, so we shut them off. Right now most of our water is coming from our Ranney well," said Kevin Pero with the Village of Endicott Water Department.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 1,4-dioxane is a "likely human carcinogen."

Pero explained the water from the South Street wells was mixed with the water from the Ranney well and the other water sources, so the levels of 1,4-dioxane was likely much lower once it reached residents' homes.

Mayor Linda Jackson said the color of the water, while improving over time, still has a ways to go.

"We still have brown water and that's not acceptable," Jackson told 12 News. "It's because when you have iron in your water and it mixes with the chlorine for treatment, it turns into iced tea, and I understand people are upset."

Both Pero and Jackson said they are still working on ways to reduce levels of iron and manganese in the water.

In the meantime, Pero explained without the South Street wells they are still able to supply enough water to households. He said they're looking at potentially adding a new well site to increase the amount of water availible.

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Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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