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