Salespeople armed with proof of affiliations with The Home Depot are going door-to-door on the Island and elsewhere, testing water for free and making sales pitches for multi-thousand-dollar filters. While the pitch sounds scary, it may be based on more fear than fact.
Though Proxima b has a much closer orbit to Proxima Centauri than Mercury does to our Sun, its star is much fainter, therefore, this new world lies “well within the habitable zone around the star and has an estimated surface temperature that would allow the presence of liquid water.”
Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Stony Brook University to announce a major initiative to address New York’s water woes. His proposal would allocate $6 million for a new comprehensive groundwater study for Long Island to further examine levels of saltwater intrusion and chemical contamination–essentially the byproducts of over-pumping our aquifer and not having enough sewers.