NSWCA Commissioners Review New Monitoring Standards for Drinking Water: Industry and Regulatory Specialists James Roberts and James Neri Conduct Presentation
CARLE PLACE, NY, USA . . . As part of their regularly scheduled Educational Speaker Series, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) received a presentation by H2M Architects + Engineers (Melville, NY) focused on new industry and regulatory standards for drinking water in New York State.
James J. Roberts, P.E., Vice President, Market Director of Water & Wastewater, and James L. Neri, P.E., Division Director – Water Resources, of H2M led the discussions. The presentation addressed recent developments and regulatory implications of New York State adopting new standard levels for drinking water involving the contaminants PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid), PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), as well as the emerging contaminant,1,4-Dioxane.
Image Left: James J. Roberts; Image Right: James L. Neri
Mr. Roberts and Mr. Neri, both recognized engineering industry and regulatory experts, reviewed the contaminants with particular emphasis on 1,4-Dioxane and its new drinking water concentration levels. Using examples of 18 wells across five water districts, they advised the NSWCA commissioners on construction and performance testing. Also addressed were updates involving the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) and an overview of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their position on perchlorate determinations, as well as potential future grants.
NSWCA President and Hicksville Water District Commissioner William Schuckmann commented, “We are very grateful for the detailed presentation of facts. Both Mr. Robert’s and Mr. Neri’s presentations were most informative for our members, especially in light of Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement of New York State adopting a first-in-the-nation approach in addressing these contaminants in our drinking water – 1,4-Dioxane in particular. These new standards are stringent, among the lowest nationwide for these contaminants, and they serve as a foundation for protecting New York’s public health now and into the future.”