Synthetic Organic Contaminants and Pesticides in Groundwater

by Mahfouz H. Zaki, Suffolk County Dep of Health, Services, Hauppauge, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Detection, Control, and Renovation of Contaminated Ground Water


For decades, the groundwater of Suffolk County, New York, has been bacteriologically and chemically of superior quality despite the high iron and manganese occasionally encountered in a few areas. In late 1975, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services became aware of the identification of a few synthetic organic compounds in wells in neighboring Nassau County. As a result, the Department initiated an extensive monitoring program to determine the presence of selected halogenated hydrocarbons in groundwater and, if so, the extent of the problem. The paper discusses the program.

Subject Headings: Pesticides | Groundwater | Water pollution | Hydrocarbons | Groundwater pollution | Public health and safety | Bacteria | Groundwater quality | New York | United States

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