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"Winter Storm Warning" ...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... * locations...Suffolk County on Long Island. * Hazard types...heavy snow...strong winds...and blowing and drifting snow. * Accumulations...snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches. * Winds...north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Temperatures...in the lower 30s. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Timing...snow will be heavy at times this morning into the early afternoon...then gradually taper off late this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of strong winds and heavy wet snow will bring down tree limbs and power lines. Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. Near blizzard conditions are expected...especially out on The Forks and on Fishers Island. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 1 PM EST this afternoon... ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 PM this evening to 1 am EST Tuesday... * locations...coastal locations along the North Shore of Nassau and northwestern Suffolk. * Tidal departures...2 to 2 1/2 feet above astronomical tides. * Timing...minor coastal flooding expected for this morning and tonight/S high tide cycles. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover. Majority of roads remain passable. There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...L.I. Sound water levels for this morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1034 am.......10.0-10.5..........minor... Glen Cove NY........1048 am........9.8-10.4..........minor... Old Field NY........1050 am........9.1-9.6...........minor.... ...L.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1102 PM........9.6-10.0..........minor.... Glen Cove NY........1117 PM........9.6-10.1..........minor.... Old Field NY........1118 PM........9.1-9.5...........minor.... -- Monday Feb.08 16,09:12 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Testing Well Water for Bacteria, Nitrate

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Water well owners should check water periodically for bacteria, nitrate.

August 27, 2014 - Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test the water to make sure no health risks exist, the National Ground Water Association recommended today.
 
While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not uncommon to rural areas due to its use in fertilizers and because it's sometimes linked to animal or human waste.
 
"We recommend that well owners test their water annually for bacteria and nitrate because of their widespread presence," said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director. "Knowing whether or not you have a problem with bacteria or nitrate through valid laboratory testing is key to keeping your water safe."
 
Bacteria: Coliforms are bacteria that occur naturally in the environment and may indicate the possibility of pathogens. Fecal coliform and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated by human or animal waste harmful to human health. Pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches. In the extreme, they can be lethal.
 
Potential sources of bacteria include:
  • Runoff from woodlands, pastures, and feedlots
  • Septic tanks and sewage plants
  • Animals, both domestic and wild
Potential pathways of bacteria into well water include:
  • Reduced pressure or suction in water lines that draw soil water at the pipe joints
  • Faulty sanitary seals in a well system, i.e., a faulty well cap, grout, pitless adapter
If test results indicate the presence of bacteria in your well water, a qualified water well system professional should determine whether there is a cause or source for the bacteria entering the well. Any necessary maintenance should be performed and the well system disinfected by the professional.
 
Nitrate: The largest source of nitrates are fertilizers used on crops. Animal and human waste contains nitrogen in the form of ammonia. Nitrate also is generated by:
  • Decomposing plant and animal materials
  • Sewage
  • Septic systems
  • Industrial effluent
  • Landfills
The greatest health concern from nitrate is "blue baby syndrome" or methemoglobinemia. The syndrome is seen most often in infants exposed to nitrates from drinking water used in baby formula. Infants ages 0 to 3 months are at highest risk. The syndrome affects the ability of the baby's blood to carry oxygen to body tissues.
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a maximum contaminant level for nitrate of 10 parts per million (milligrams per liter) as nitrogen.
 
The EPA has approved certain methods for removing nitrates including reverse osmosis and ion exchange. Reverse osmosis works best on point-of-use systems, which generally are used in places such as the kitchen sink where water is used mostly for drinking and cooking. Ion exchange, along with a water softening system, can provide a whole-house solution for nitrate contamination.
 
To learn more about water well and groundwater stewardship visit WellOwner.org.

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