Sand Lake Residents:
The Sand Lake Town Board was recently made aware that traces of naturally-forming arsenic, slightly above federal Clean Drinking Water standards, have been detected in a few private wells in our town, in the Edgewood Drive area of Sand Lake. No one is sure of the extent, if at all, of its presence throughout the town. Knowing that, we want to give everyone the opportunity to learn more.
We are working with the Rensselaer County Bureau of Environmental Health to obtain a better knowledge of naturally-forming arsenic and ways to mitigate it. Natural arsenic in wells is common in the United States; particularly in the northeast. In fact, arsenic is pretty abundant in nature. Until recently, it was not even part of a standard well water test. Arsenic in water is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
The Sand Lake Town Board is sponsoring a public meeting on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Averill Park High School Auditorium. At that meeting, representatives from the Rensselaer County Bureau of Environmental Health, a testing laboratory, and a well water treatment specialist will be there to educate us and answer our questions.
At the meeting, we will be asking residents to test their wells and share the results with us. We will then track the information to determine if the issue is nonexistent, localized, or widespread. After assessing the results, we will schedule another meeting.
I look forward to seeing you on the 27th.