Cleaner water, higher price

Safer drinking water may cost homeowners double or even triple if it means eliminating a harmful chemical known as 1,4-dioxane, according to some water suppliers on Long Island. New York State plans to limit the legal concentration of 1,4-dioxane, a manmade chemical found in some solvents and laundry detergents. The problem is that the price tag is a hefty one—some $840 million. Many are asking, Who is going to pay?

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