Guest speaker Stan Carey, Superintendent of the Massapequa Water District, recently updated NSWCA membership on the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection (LICAP) as well as the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council (NYSDWQC).
LICAP is the bi-county entity that addresses quality and quantity issues facing Long Island’s aquifer system and advocates for a coordinated, regional approach to groundwater resources management. Superintendent Carey discussed the five-year extension to continue the pursuit of the commission’s goals, the formation of a Conservation Subcommittee, and the addition of two new LICAP Board positions, raising the number of Board members to eleven.
Mr. Carey also indicated that a state of the aquifer report would be created annually and revealed grant funding from the DEC, Nassau County, and Suffolk County that totaled $350,000. In addition, consultants will be added to assist in meeting report deadlines.
Mr. Carey’s update on the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council included, among other topics, observations on 1,4 dioxane. He advised that while currently there is no approved lab testing technology for levels below 1 PPB for 1,4 dioxane, water suppliers should prepare and plan for future treatment.
Below, left to right, Superintendent Stan Carey of the Massapequa Water District; NSWCA President and Westbury Water Commissioner Vincent Abbatiello.