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Drinking Water Symposium

The LIWC Drinking Water Symposium brought together water quality experts, environmentalists, industry representatives and public officials including commissioners and superintendents from seventeen NSWCA member districts.

The Symposium focused on the evolution of treating for contaminants, the systems being implemented to treat for emerging and unregulated contaminants, and the impact of wastewater and on Long Island’s groundwater.

Chuck Savinetti, Chairman of the LI Water Conference and Superintendent of the Locust Valley Water District, provided opening remarks. Carrie Meek Gallagher, Region 1 Director, NYS DEC, provided the keynote address with her usual professionalism and grace.

The first panel discussion on “Evolution of Water Treatment: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Emerging Contaminants in Long Island’s Groundwater,” was moderated by Tyrand Fuller C.P.G, Lead Hydrologist for SCWA and 2nd Vice Chairman of the LIWC. The panel included Scott Meyerdierks, Lead Civil Engineer SCWA and James E. Neri, P.E., VP Water Division Director, H2M Architects & Engineers.

The ensuing panel was moderated by Rich Passariello, Superintendent of Roslyn Water District and 2nd Vice Chairman, LIWC on the topic “Wastewater and Its Impact on Groundwater: Treating Wastewater for Emerging Contaminants”. Panel experts included Peter Scully Suffolk County Deputy County Executive; Karen Gomez, Regional Engineer for Water and Remediation, NYS DEC; and Irene Fisher Hydrologist, US Geological Survey.

Former NSWCA President and Plainview Water Commissioner Andrew N. Bader provided incisive closing remarks.