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Four homes test above DOH limits in Vernon Center

Posted 2/13/20

VERNON CENTER — More testing has been done on the water in Vernon Center as local and state officials work towards a solution. Four homes in Vernon Center were tested by Verona Laboratory, Inc. in …

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Four homes test above DOH limits in Vernon Center

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VERNON CENTER — More testing has been done on the water in Vernon Center as local and state officials work towards a solution.

Four homes in Vernon Center were tested by Verona Laboratory, Inc. in Verona, looking at the levels of sodium and chloride — and how much they’re over the New York State Department of Health limit.

House One

Chloride Level: 1,850 mg/L; 7.4 times over the DOH limit

Sodium Level: 416 mg/L; 7 times over the DOH limit

House Two

Chloride Level: 2,610 mg/L; 10.4 times over the DOH limit

Sodium Level: 974 mg/L; 16 times over the DOH limit

House Three

Chloride Level: 3,540 mg/L; 14 times over the DOH limit

Sodium Level: 1,600 mg/L; 26.7 times over the DOH limit

House Four

Chloride Level: 5,300 mg/L; 21 times over the DOH limit

Sodium Level: 2,410 mg/L; 40 times over the normal level

“The state Department of Transportation has been sending a person from Albany every year to get water samples to send out for testing,” Vernon Councilor John Peters said. “The test reports are then sent to the New York State Department of Health, who then send the results to the Oneida County Department of Health in Utica.”

Peters added that of all the homeowners who has talked to, nobody has told them not to drink the water.

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