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Passing of Louis P. Savinetti of the Locust Valley Water District

It is with great sadness that we report that former Locust Valley Water District Commissioner Louis Philip Savinetti has passed away. A mass will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 am at St. Gertrude’s in Bayville (28 School Street, Bayville, NY)

Lou was a lifelong resident of Locust Valley, NY and was a charter member of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association.

Lou’s personal history was as impressive as his oversight of the Locust Valley Water District. During World War II, he volunteered and served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean War, he served in Korea until 1952. After discharge, Lou became a member of Local 282 of the Teamsters Union for 20 years and worked on many sewer and drainage projects throughout Nassau County. He retired from the Nassau County Department of Public Works in 1991 as a civil engineer.

He proudly served as a Water Commissioner for the Locust Valley Water District for 40 years. He was honored for his many decades of community service which included 25 years as a volunteer football and baseball coach and mentor to the youth of Locust Valley by the Grenville Bakers Boys and Girls Club. Lou was also a member of the Locust Valley American Legion.

His love for Locust Valley and its residents was exceeded only by his love for his family, his Country and God. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Alice, son Louis, daughter-in-law Holly, and Grandson Scott.

Greenlawn Water Wins Best Tasting Tap Water Contest 2023

Bringing Home the Gold in Suffolk…again.

After an absence of three years, the 34th annual Best Tasting Tap Water Contest has returned…and the Greenlawn Water District is once again the Best Tasting Water In Suffolk County!

“Being named the best never gets old,” Greenlawn Water District Commissioner John H. Clark stated. “This result from the blind taste contest recognizes every Greenlawn Water District employee because it takes a talented team of professionals working together to produce a superior product year after year. Despite the time interruption due to COVID, this is our third consecutive victory and our 11th number one ranking overall. We are extremely proud of this recognition.”

Former NSWCA President Robert J. McEvoy Elected 2nd Vice Chairman of LIWC

Robert J. McEvoy, Commissioner and Chairman of the Oyster Bay Water District, has been elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC).

Mr. McEvoy has served the people of Oyster Bay as Water Commissioner since 2002 and is a past President of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), and former secretary of LIWC. He adds this new responsibility to a distinguished career of public service that included over 35 years at the Town of Oyster Bay. He retired from his last role as the Town’s comptroller in 2016.

Mr. McEvoy is also a Board Member and the Treasurer for New York 811, Inc.  He is an active member of the New York State Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). A volunteer firefighter for the Oyster Bay Fire Department since 1975, Bob served as Chief from 1986-1988 and as President from 1991-1992.

NSWCA Announces 2023 Bartilucci Award Recipient

Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond Averna Plays Instrumental Role in Selection Process for 2023 Nicholas J. Bartilucci Manhattan College Scholarship Awarded to Long Island/North Massapequa Resident

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), one of the region’s leading water supply authorities serving over 620,000 people across Long Island, has awarded its prestigious 2023 Nicholas J. Bartilucci Manhattan College Scholarship to Ms. Isabella Gluszak, a North Massapequa resident who lives within the South Farmingdale Water District. Given for performance excellence in the classroom, this annual scholarship is open to entering freshmen who live within a District of the NSWCA and are enrolled full-time in any engineering degree program at Manhattan College in Riverdale, Bronx, New York.

NSWCA President and Locust Valley Water District Chairperson Patricia Peterson commented, “The NSWCA Bartilucci Scholarship recognizes the enormous contributions made by the late Nicholas J. Bartilucci, a water industry leader who served as a Jericho Water District Commissioner for over 48 years. Nick’s dedication to water supply and environmental conservation as Water Commissioner and as President of D&B Engineers and Architects, was invaluable in elevating consciousness about Long Island’s long-term sustainability.”

Ms. Gluszak thanked members of the NSWCA, South Farmingdale Commissioners Ralph Atoria, John Hirt and Gary Brosnan, and former NSWCA President and current Massapequa Water District Commissioner Mr. Raymond Averna, who were instrumental in this year’s Bartilucci Award selection process. Commissioner Averna added, “Inspiring a younger generation of engineers like Isabella Gluszak through education creates an incredible impact and a path to success. We are happy to select Isabella as this year’s recipient of this commemorative award.”

“It has been wonderful to witness the aspirations I have had since childhood start to become a reality. This scholarship has made those goals much more attainable,” said Ms. Gluszak, who is currently studying mechanical engineering at Manhattan College, and aiming to work in the aerospace industry.

Pictured from L to R: Ray Averna, Massapequa Water District Commissioner; Melissa Gluszak; Isabella Gluszak; John Hirt and Ralph Atoria, South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners. Mr. Atoria serves as 1st Vice President of NSWCA.

4 Nassau County Water Districts Observe 100 Years of Service Anniversary

NSWCA Members Bethpage, Jericho, Franklin Square and Oyster Bay Water Districts commemorate 100 years of dedicated service to their respective communities

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association has announced that four of its 21 member Districts will celebrate a century of service in 2023, according to NSWCA President Patricia Peterson.

“This is an historic industry achievement right here on Long Island that is very likely unprecedented in the United States,” stated NSWCA President Patricia Peterson, who is also a Chairwoman of the Locust Valley Water District. “The fact is that the Bethpage, Jericho, Franklin Square and Oyster Bay Water Districts are voter-elected and commissioner-run Districts is a testimony to a system that has been perfected over time and guarantees local control.”

The Bethpage Water District, Jericho Water District, Franklin Square Water District and Oyster Bay Water District all have different plans to commemorate the historic events. These range from special events and historic timelines dating from the presidency of Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) to open houses, archival photography and web-based educational columns and articles for children and adults.

Providing an uninterrupted supply of quality water generally goes unnoticed, President Peterson added, “because water is taken for granted, especially on Long Island. Whenever you turn the tap, the spigot or the shower knob, the water is there, and it meets all the local, federal and ultra-stringent New York State standards.”

The four centenarian Districts epitomize the uninterrupted provision of billions of gallons of water to consumers and businesses year in and year out for a century despite hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms and even Superstorm Sandy.

As the populations of each District have grown, all four have adapted technology to meet the increased demand, infrastructure management and quality challenges, an unwanted legacy from previous era.

NSWCA Elects New 2023 Board

Locust Valley Water District Chairwomen Patricia Peterson named Board President

January 16, 2023, Carle Place, New York, USA – At a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting sponsored by the Plainview Water District, the Association elected a new governing Board for the 2023 term which runs through December 31, 2023.

The newly elected NSWCA 2023 Board includes returning President Patricia Peterson of the Locust Valley Water District; 1st Vice President Ralph Atoria of the South Farmingdale Water District; 2nd Vice President John F. Coumatos of the Bethpage Water District; Secretary Joseph Perry of the South Huntington Water District; and Treasurer Michael Kosinski of the Roslyn Water District.

“This new Board consists of an experienced group of talented and dedicated voter-elected commissioners from local water suppliers,” President Peterson stated. Our 21 members districts within Nassau and Suffolk Counties have the important responsibility of providing quality water that meets or exceeds all local, state and federal standards, to the 620,000 consumers we serve, without interruption and without compromise. I am confident in the leadership of our association as we fulfill our mission of being an authoritative voice in water supply by educating the public regarding sustainability, conservation, and the health of our aquifer.”

Safeguarding LI’s Water Supply

The home to one of the world’s greatest aquifer systems, Long Island’s water has come under great scrutiny in recent years due to emerging contaminants. As stewards of the water served to over 620,000 people, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioner’s Association (NSWCA) member water districts have long been out front in the fight to safeguard Long Island’s water supply and sole source aquifer.

These emerging contaminants, sometimes referred to as ‘forever chemicals’, are in large part a pervasive legacy from Long Island’s industrial past, including WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Space Race that resulted in the United States becoming the first nation to put a man on the moon. Other emerging contaminants are byproducts of everyday household products such as non-stick kitchenware, food packaging and detergents, even paints, cleaning products and water-resistant clothing.

The presence of such contaminants is not limited to Long Island, this is a nationwide concern. New York State’s aggressive stance on emerging contaminants and definitive corrective actions began with the implementation of some of the country’s strictest regulations, and progress is being made.

NSWCA President Patricia Peterson stated, “Each of the NSWCA’s 21 member districts has different situations and different needs, but all emerging contaminants are being addressed with proper engineering, technology and filtration treatment systems. The single most significant fact for the public to understand is that all the water that goes into the distribution systems of all of our 21 NSWCA member districts meets or exceeds all local, New York State and federal MCL regulations, all of the time.”

The NSWCA member districts have been proactively involved in rectifying the problems even prior to the New York State mandates, standards and regulations. Given the advances in technology and the impetus from Albany, NSWCA member districts have constructed some of the most advanced water treatment systems in the country to ensure a plentiful supply of potable water.

“For example,” President Peterson commented, “Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) systems have been successfully designed, constructed and installed to remove 1,4-dioxane, and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration has proven to be the most effective means of removing PFOS and PFOA substances. Even with the presence of forever chemicals, it is far from a hopeless situation and much more of a hopeful situation. The science and technologies of today, as deployed by our 21 NSWCA member water districts, have proven to be effective remedies to yesterday’s legacies and they ensure the purity, potability and compliance of the water of tomorrow. Our commitment to safeguarding the future is unwavering.”

NSWCA Welcomes Voter-Elected Water Commissioners

2023 Re-elected and Newly elected Commissioners

Carle Place, New York, USA – Re-elected and newly elected water commissioners from 21 local water districts who are members of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) were sworn into office on January 1, 2023 to begin their three-year term. Each local water district is comprised of three commissioners on each board.

NSWCA President and Locust Valley Water District Chairwomen Patricia Peterson commented on the election results, “Local voters came out to cast their ballet in meaningful elections for the men and women of their choice who harness the responsibility of safeguarding our water today, and into the future. This process is a sterling example of local representation by and for each community as water commissioners and voters must reside within their respective district.”

Voter-elected, commissioner-run districts (21 in total) provide water to over 620,000 consumers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Peterson added, “I am extremely pleased to welcome all our new and returning colleagues to the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association.”

Re-elected and newly elected water commissioners from each District are as follows:


Albertson Water District Commissioner Janell Giordano Newly elected
Bethpage Water District Commissioner Theresa M. Catapano-Black Re-elected
Carle Place Water District Commissioner Tim Stellato Re-elected
Cathedral Gardens Water District Commissioner Joseph Corino Re-elected
Franklin Square Water District Commissioner Anthony Boccella Newly elected
Franklin Square Water District Commissioner Ralph Pugliese Re-elected
Garden City Park Water District Commissioner Robert Mirabile Newly elected
Glenwood Water District Commissioner Peter A. Hesse Re-elected
Greenlawn Water District Commissioner John McLaughlin Re-elected
Hicksville Water District Commissioner Nicholas Brigandi Re-elected
Jericho Water District Commissioner James Asmus Re-elected
Locust Valley Water District Commissioner Peter Brown Re-elected
Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond J. Averna Re-elected
Manhasset-Lakeville Water District Commissioner Steven Flynn Re-elected
Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner Michael F. Rich III Re-elected
Plainview Water District Commissioner Michael Chad Newly elected
Port Washington Water District Commissioner Mindy Germain Re-elected
Roslyn Water District Commissioner Dr. Sanford Klein Re-elected
South Farmingdale Water District Commissioner Gary Brosnan Re-elected
South Huntington Water District Commissioner Paul Tonna Re-elected
West Hempstead Water District Commissioner C. John Sparacio Re-elected
Westbury Water District Commissioner Barry Green Re-elected

Passing of Past Supt. Richard “Woody” Woodwell of the Hicksville Water District

NSWCA Members ~

It is with sadness that we report that former Superintendent Richard “Woody” Woodwell has passed away. Arrangements are pending at this time.

Woody served the Hicksville Water District for over 50 years, starting in 1947 as a laborer at the height of the expansion of the Hicksville community. He worked his way through the ranks becoming a meter reader, water servicemen and water plant operator before serving as Hicksville Water District Superintendent from 1983 to 1998.

Woody was a Korean War veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Long Island Water Conference and the American Water Works Association. Woody lived in Syosset and is survived by his son Justin.

Can Spring Be Far Off?

Despite some of the the coldest temperatures seen on Long Island for many years, Spring, 2023 is fast approaching. One sign of spring is Major League Baseball spring training  getting under way over the next week or so. With the advent of spring and warmer weather, conservation of water, Earth’s greatest natural resource, takes on a great priority.  Here are some very important conservation tips to observe:

  1. Check all outside hoses and connections against leaks and winter’s ravages.
  2. Planting your garden to start the season?  Start off right. There are many beautiful groundcovers that require less watering including lavender, daylilies, forget-me-nots, aloes, marigolds, and zinnias.
  3. Avoid wasting water by installing a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle on each garden hose to avoid water waste.
  4. When sprinkling your grass and flower or vegetable beds, try to avoid watering the driveways and sidewalks.
  5. Water retention in your garden is enhanced by compost, not to mention a wealth of nutrients.  Start a compost pile and add it to your garden.  Mix in some along wood chips or peat moss and your water retention will be boosted.
  6. A slow-drip irrigation system will help avoid over-watering, and also save money on your water bill.
  7. Watering lawns and gardens at the most opportune times conserves our precious resource. Water generally evaporates most rapidly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Restrict watering to before or after those times and you’ll likely use less.
  8. Most people overwater lawns.  Keeping the length of your lawn approximately 2 inches long.  This will help reduce evaporation and require less water.
  9. Cycle watering in areas where runoff occurs, especially on slopes or compacted dry soils.
  10. Hate raking?  When you’re finished mowing, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. This will boost water retention and help grass grow thicker.