Superfund Site: BREWSTER WELL FIELD
PUTNAM COUNTY, NY

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

 

The Brewster Well Field site is located in Brewster, New York. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found in the village of Brewster’s well field water distribution system in 1978. VOCs are potentially harmful contaminants that easily evaporate in the air. Subsequent testing revealed a large plume of groundwater contamination. EPA traced the source of the contamination to a dry cleaner. Operators disposed of dry cleaning wastes in a dry well next to the business until 1983. Between 1978 and 1984, the Village of Brewster used several new well drilling, blending and pumping strategies to keep contaminant levels down. In 1984, the village partnered with EPA to put in a treatment system. The goal was to remove the VOCs and provide safe drinking water to about 2,000 area residents.