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Granger Carey Virtual Training


NSWCA commissioners and water district superintendents attended a virtual training session on Monday, August 17th, 2020. NSWCA President William Schuckmann remotely welcomed over thirty Commissioners to the session and introduced noted industry guest speakers Paul Granger and Stan Carey, who provided updates on New York State Drinking Water Quality Council and LICAP.

Mr. Granger, who is Superintendent of Hicksville Water District and Mr. Carey, who is Superintendent of  the Massapequa Water District engaged the audience with a detailed update. Their presentation included a timeline beginning in 2013 and culminating in July 2020 with the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council’s approval of  new regulations for 1,4 dioxane, PFOA and PFOS.

Below left:  Paul Granger. Below Right Stan Carey






Potential next actions were discussed including technical guidance regarding defining compliance testing requirements, deferment application and requirements, and initial sampling.  Mr. Granger and Mr. Carey pointed to the upcoming New York State Drinking Water Quality Council (NYSDWQC) meeting currently planned for early September and noted that compounds under consideration will include 1,2-Trichlopropane, perchlorate and additional perfluorinated compounds.

President Schuckmann observed the importance of current information in today’s world. “In our industry, where the uninterrupted delivery of clean water to millions is our primary goal, having up to date information is essential. Being aware of the latest compliance regulations is as important  as knowing about new technologies and potentially threatening weather situations like Tropical Storm Isaias. I thank Superintendents Granger and Carey for their research, opinions and advice.”

The Locust Valley Water District (LVWD) hosted the virtual meeting, and Commissioner Pat Peterson who is also the sitting NSWCA Secretary,  provided an overview and history of the District. Commissioner Peterson noted that the LVWD  will observe its 100th anniversary in 2021 and spoke of the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias and LVWD’s operations during the pandemic.



Left NSWCA President Bill Schuckmann; NSWCA Secretary Pat Peterson



All Photos:  PMG




Governor Cuomo, President Schuckmann

Cuomo, Schuckmann on New Standards for Emerging Contaminants.

In a groundbreaking move, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the adoption of a first-in-the-nation drinking water standard for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane. The New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council unanimously approved setting the maximum contaminant level of 1 part per billion* for 1,4-dioxane.

In addition, Governor Cuomo announced maximum contaminant levels for emerging contaminants PFOA and PFOS which are among the lowest in the nation at 10 parts per trillion**. These announcements follow a public comment period and approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council. Every water provider in the state is required to meet all water quality requirements.



“The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) applauds the clarity and definition brought to the situation in New York State,” commented NSWCA President Bill Schuckmann. “Certainly, the 21 voter-elected NSWCA members and other water providers throughout Long Island where we have a single source aquifer, have aggressively pursued getting treatment systems up and running. The treatment systems, Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), are complex, and we are proud of the substantial progress that has been made to date in such a short amount of time.”According to figures released by the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC), Long Island water providers have collectively spent more than $150 million to date to design and construct state-of-the-art treatment facilities with another $350 million to be spent in the next 12 months, and an additional $350 million to be spent within the next five years.

“This is an extremely important issue that we are tackling head on,” Mr. Schuckmann added. “Our responsibility is to deliver the best drinking water possible for all our communities.  It’s that simple. The Long Island public can rest assured that we have been doing and will continue to do everything possible to fast-track each of these projects.”

New Monitoring Standards for Drinking Water

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.”



Ordway on Backflow

Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association Meeting Examines New Technology: Industry Expert Josh Ordway Leads Presentation

Carle Place, New York, USA . . . As part of an on-going Educational Speaker Series, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), which represents 21 voter-elected Long Island water districts, met for a presentation on water backflow automation by VEPO Solutions, of Elmsford, New York.

Backflow within potable water systems is a serious, undesirable condition where pressure drops can accidentally allow water to flow back into the water distribution system, opening the potential for pollutants to enter. Mr. Josh Ordway, VEPO Solutions Vice President Marketing and Sales, led the discussion stressing the importance of water backflow management and control of such possibilities. VEPO’s CrossConnex product and service offerings represent green solutions that are expressly designed to fully automate and improve backflow management programs within Long Island water districts.

A recognized backflow expert, Mr. Ordway described how this advanced technology enhances and improves existing backflow management programs and also helps to ensure full compliance with all Nassau/Suffolk County regulations, as well as the Safe Water Drinking Act. Most importantly, this technology aids in protecting the health and safety of water consumers, by preventing both chemical contamination (i.e. sodium hydroxide, insecticides, etc.) and bacterial contamination (i.e. typhoid, dysentery, salmonella, etc).

Photo: Left to Right: NSWCA Secretary Patricia Peterson of the Locust Valley Water District; 1st Vice President Amanda Field of the Plainview Water District; NSWCA President William Schuckmann of the Hicksville Water District; NSWCA Treasurer Lawrence F. Zaino Jr. of the Carle Place Water District;2nd Vice President John F. Coumatos of the Bethpage Water District.

Photo Credit: PP Stanco, PMG

NSWCA President and Hicksville Water District Commissioner Mr. William Schuckmann commented, “as an Association that represents over 620,000 consumers, we are dedicated to understanding and implementing new environmentally safe and green solutions in our water distribution systems. We were very pleased with the presentation conducted by Mr. Ordway. The technology reviewed is highly important to all our member districts as we seek to improve safety, while also pursuing cost savings and greater efficiencies. We thank VEPO for sharing their time and knowledge.”

Photo: NSWCA President William Schuckmann of the Hicksville Water District

Photo Credit: PP Stanco, PMG

LIWC Legislative Breakfast March 13, 2020

Save the Date!

NSWCA member districts  are encouraged to attend the Long Island Water Conference Legislative Breakfast on March 13, 2020.  The Conference officially begins at 8:00 a.m.

Venue:  Heritage Club at Bethpage, Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

NSWCA Elects New 2020 Board

Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) Elects New 2020 Board. Hicksville Water Commissioner William Schuckmann named President.

Franklin Square, New York, USA– At a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting sponsored by the Carle Place Water District, the Association elected a new Board for the 2020 term, which runs through December 31, 2020.

Carle Place Water District Commissioners Tim Stellato, Lawrence F. Zaino Jr, and Tal Vacchio hosted the meeting.

The newly elected NSWCA 2020 Board includes incoming President William Schuckmann of the Hicksville Water District who succeeds outgoing President Michael F. Rich III of the Oyster Bay Water District; 1st Vice President Amanda Field of the Plainview Water District; 2ndVice President John F. Coumatos of the Bethpage Water District; Secretary Patricia Peterson of the Locust Valley Water District; and Treasurer Lawrence F. Zaino Jr. of the Carle Place Water District.

“The commissioners from the 21 districts which compose our organization have been elected by voters to represent their best interests in the supply of water,” President Schuckmann stated. “Given the great public concern and the talents and dedication of this new NSWCA Board, I am confident that 2020 will be a successful year meeting the challenges of production and compliance, as well as campaigning on behalf of sustainability, conservation and protecting the health of our aquifer. We will continue our efforts to keep the public updated through continual education, including the latest scientific and environmental information.”

Pictured from left to right a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting are newly elected water commissioners who make up this year’s NSWCA 2020 Board: NSWCA Treasurer Lawrence F. Zaino Jr. of Carle Place Water District; NSWCA 1st Vice President Amanda R. Field of Plainview Water District; NSWCA incoming President William Schuckmann of Hicksville Water District who succeeds outgoing 2019 President Michael F. Rich III of Oyster Bay Water District; NSWCA Secretary Patricia Peterson of Locust Valley Water District; and NSWCA 2
ndVice President John F. Coumatos of Bethpage Water District.

Photo courtesy of J.P. Stanco of Progressive Marketing Group, Inc., who grants media permission use of photo.

Siela Bynoe at Training Session

NSWCA commissioners and water district superintendents attended a training session of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association which was held on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, at the Westbury Fire Department, 355 Maple Ave., Westbury.

NSWCA President William Schuckmann welcomed the Commissioners and Superintendents to the training session and welcomed guest speaker and Nassau County Legislator from the Second Legislative District, Siela A. Bynoe.  Commissioners Patricia Peterson (Locust Valley Water District), Rodney Caines and Barry V. Green (Westbury Water District) and Lawrence F. Zaino Jr. (Carle Place Water District) were in attendance.

Ms. Bynoe engaged the audience by providing input and opinions on four topics important to all Long Islanders:

  1. The initial availability of $100,000 in 2020 from Nassau County for residents who do not have incentive programs to purchase and install irrigation Smart Controllers. The County is hopeful to expand the program to improve water conservation efforts.
  2. The proposed bill to re-institute the Groundwater and Public Water Supply Facts Report for Nassau County. Environmental groups, suppliers, engineers and regulators had found the report a resourceful tool in the past when analyzing groundwater issues and trends.
  3. The availability of Nassau County Legislative grant funds for tangible items.
  4. The impact, timeframe, and cost concerns of 1,4 Dioxane treatment.

Ms. Bynoe is a 40-year resident of Westbury, a graduate of Westbury High School, received her BA from Hofstra University and her Master’s in Public Administration from C.W. Post, Log Island University.

Left to right:  Commissioner Patricia Peterson , Commissioner and NSWCA President William Schuckmann, Commissioner Rodney Caines,  Legislator Bynoe, Commissioner Barry V. Green, Commissioner Lawrence F. Zaino Jr.

Jericho Dedicates Bartilucci Building

The distinguished accomplishments of one of New York’s leading experts on water supply, conservation and sustainability were further memorialized by a host of dignitaries with the official dedication of the Nicholas J. Bartilucci Administration Building Operations Complex, 125 Convent Road, in Syosset, New York, by the Jericho Water District (JWD).

The late Mr. Bartilucci, a Jericho Water District Commissioner for more than 45 years and a founding member and past President of the Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association, was a recognized industry spokesperson whose expertise and leadership were relied upon by water providers, consumers and governments alike.

 Left to right:  Jericho Water District Commissioner James Asmus; Oyster Bay Town Council member Vicki Walsh; Oyster Bay Town Clerk Richard LaMarca; Jericho Water District Commissioner Patricia Beckerle; Jericho Water District Board Chairman Commissioner Thomas Abbate; Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino; Mrs. Joan Bartilucci; Jericho Water District Superintendent Peter Logan; Nassau County Legislator Josh LaFazan (18thLegislative District).

Late NSWCA President and Jericho Water District Commissioner, Nicholas J. Bartilucci.


Commissioner Thomas A. Abbate, Chairman of the Board of the Jericho Water District, hosted the ceremony and JWD Superintendent Peter Logan spoke on behalf of the District and Commissioners James Asmus and Patricia Beckerle.

The Reverend Michael T. Maffeo, Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church (Syosset, NY) gave a blessing as new signage marking the event was unveiled. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino spoke and presented a proclamation to Mrs. Joan Bartilucci which cited her and Mr. Bartilucci’s contributions to the Long Island community and beyond.

Father Mike Maffeo, Joan Bartilucci  and Jericho WD Superintendent, Peter Logan.

Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan (18thLegislative District) presented a citation from the Nassau County Legislature to Joan Bartilucci in memory of Nicholas J. Bartilucci noting “service to the community, neighbors and families, and in recognition of your leadership to enriching the lives of others.”

Former NY State Senator Carl Marcellino, Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Vicki Walsh and Oyster Bay Town Clerk Richard LaMarca spoke, acknowledging the many contributions of Mr. Bartilucci during his long and storied career. Mr. Steven A. Fangmann, President of D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C., the Woodbury-based engineering firm founded by Mr. Bartilucci, presented a beautiful etched glass trophy award in the shape of a water droplet to mark the event.

West Hempstead Wins Diamond ACEC!

The West Hempstead Water District’s (WHWD) new elevated storage tank was submitted on behalf of H2M architects + engineers (H2M) to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC New York) 2020 New York State Engineering Excellence Awards.  The project proudly received the highest honor of a Diamond Award!

ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of almost 300 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment – civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical – and affiliated companies.  Their shared goals are to further the business interests of their membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we  live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities.

Each year, over 60 member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation, and value to society.  These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts, which includes military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from college and university departments, and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment.  Awards are distributed based on the average scores received by these judges and are assigned one of four levels (in ascending order): Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

To celebrate the awarded projects, the 53rd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala will take place on April 4, 2020.

Paul Tonna Sworn In

On January 7, 2020 Commissioner Paul J. Tonna was sworn in to his 3-year term as Water Commissioner with the South Huntington Water District.

Commissioner Tonna, who  originally came to the South Huntington Water District board in 2006 and was re-elected to the position on December 10, 2019, began his new term on January 1, 2020. He will serve through December 31, 2022.

Congratulations, Commissioner Tonna.

Left to right: South Huntington Water District Commissioner Paul J. Tonna and South Huntington Water District Commissioner Joseph Perry at swearing in ceremony.