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04-23-2010 11:56 AM
Bene505 BoxedUp I'm convinced about the LI water. Good reminder. We use bottled water at home already for that reason. If I can get a water fill-up in CT, that should solve the problem, I think. (Although the chart for CT doesn't have usually have MTBE on it unless it's Total Organic Carbon or something.)

I'll bring 10 gallons of bottled water for drinking/cooking in between "good" water fillups.

When the CT fill-up is close to running out, I'll refill in CT or Block Island or maybe Cutty Hunk. Also possibly going to Nantucket. Anyone know how the water is in these places?

I buy diesel fuel to get water - sounds strange diesn't it?

We also have the 4 free nights at Brewers marinas. There are some in CT. If I space those trips out, that will get us through the summer.

Regards,
Brad
04-23-2010 10:03 AM
BoxedUp I don't want to sound like Chicken Little and everyone has the right to ingest what ever water they wish but....

It's a well known fact that Long Island suffers from a higher incidence rate of cancer's than the rest of NY. Local clustering in breast, lung and colorectal cancer in Long Island, New York

Although public water utilities test their sources better than private wells, you can't disregard the fact that toxic pollutants were introduced into our water system for years before environmental concerns were introduced to stop the practice. The oil companies produced gasoline with MTBE which can never be removed from water and there is a permanently installed monitoring station at a previous gas station that had leaky tanks within 200 yards of our water districts main facility.

I'll stick with the bottled stuff.....

BTW, yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and statistics show that our waterways and environment are much cleaner than it was 40 years ago. Keep up the good work everyone!
04-23-2010 09:25 AM
WanderingStar You guys worry too much. Long Island has extremely clean water, with no taste. The contamination problems only apply to home well water (rare nowadays) The water company pulls water from deeper underground, and tests it constantly. Any marina water problems occur at the marina.
04-22-2010 09:24 PM
CalebD There is an East Hampton Town operated marina in 3 Mile Harbor that has water. I am not sure about the quality or how easy getting H2O would be there as it is fairly far up the harbor. The water quality in EH seems to ok but I can't read all those charts to find out either. You should also be able to get water at the town dock in Mattituck Inlet if you can get all the way up that harbor - it gets a bit narrow and shallow. Coecles sounds pretty good too - clean out one set of tanks and fill up another.
I just have a feeling that the local water should be fine in a place like Stonington, CT., perhaps even Mystic Seaport.
Have fun reading those charts!
04-22-2010 08:09 PM
Bene505 OK, I'm really looking for a place to fill up the tanks for generaluse. But while we on the subject, here's the chart from BoxedUp's link for CT areas near the shore:


It's a bit greek to me. I'll have to study it to see where the bext place to fill-up is.

Regards,
Brad
04-22-2010 05:01 PM
BoxedUp http://www.ctwater.com/documents/2008WQFINAL-WEB.pdf

Page 14 has the CT Shoreline report.
04-22-2010 04:58 PM
Bene505
Quote:
Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
I wonder if filling your tanks on the CT coast makes sense.
Have you tried the water in Glen Cove yet?
Hi Caleb,

Yes. It's not bad, but then I'm not sure you can taste the pollutants. There is some southerly "flow" to the water underground. I wonder if there's a well close to the coast that's got good water. Then again, if Suffolk County's gone bad, then the more populated Nassau County is certainly bad too.

By the way, I drink the tap water occasionally. Right now, I'd like to find water for showering, doing dishes, etc. Some place where I don't have to pay for a marina.

For instance, in Cochles Harbor on shelter Island, there's a marina that will empty your holding tanks for $5. (We tip the free pump-out people $5 anyway.) While that's going on, you can fill your tanks there too. (It takes maybe 20 minutes to fill our tanks.) That's worth it. Anyone know of other places like that?

Regards,
Brad
04-22-2010 04:48 PM
CalebD I wonder if filling your tanks on the CT coast makes sense.
Have you tried the water in Glen Cove yet?
04-22-2010 04:44 PM
Bene505
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoxedUp View Post
Are you sure you didn't mean Lawn Guyland?...

Anyway, take a look at this:
http://www.scwa.com/SCWA_AWQR.pdf

As you can see, Long Island gets our water from the ground called aquifers.
I live in Nassau County and have been using bottled water for drinking ever since MTBE was detected in the ground water supply near our water district and even though the officials say it's safe to drink.

How much water do you consume that you can't carry a couple of gallons of a good quality bottled water for potable use? That's what we do on our charters in the BVI as they recommend not drinking the water from your tanks.
Good points BoxedUp. I'd heard that we sit on our aquafer, like swimming in a kitty pool. The water/pollutants doen't go anywhere. (As opposed to someplace with a river, I guess, that pushes things downstream.) I used to buy those gallon, nice, clear-plastic Poland Spring containers. Now they don't sell them in the grocery store anymore.

Maybe I need to sail to CT to fill-up. I get 4 free nights at Brewers marinas, because I wintered with them. Anyone know if the Connecticut water is any better?

How about the Woods Hole area?

Regards,
Brad
04-22-2010 02:58 PM
BoxedUp
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
Are there any places where one can get good water in the eastern sound?

Mods - reposted here, since it belongs in the Loing Island forum
Are you sure you didn't mean Lawn Guyland?...

Anyway, take a look at this:
http://www.scwa.com/SCWA_AWQR.pdf

As you can see, Long Island gets our water from the ground called aquifers.
I live in Nassau County and have been using bottled water for drinking ever since MTBE was detected in the ground water supply near our water district and even though the officials say it's safe to drink.

How much water do you consume that you can't carry a couple of gallons of a good quality bottled water for potable use? That's what we do on our charters in the BVI as they recommend not drinking the water from your tanks.
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