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NSWCA Sponsors Water Programs for Education and Awareness

This spring, a month-long dedication to water as Earth’s greatest natural resource is in full swing, and the NSWCA is supporting preservation, conservation and educational efforts in a big way.

The United States’ water is considered the safest drinking water in the world [1].  New York State’s on-tap water supply is renowned for its healthy, high quality, and great tasting water [2].  And on Long Island, the drinking water is regarded as one of the nation’s best supplies.

Throughout April and May, the NSWCA is involved with a number of activities intended to educate and facilitate efforts in preserving and supplying water to our communities.

Beginning April 16, NSWCA commissioners and superintendents attended the New York Water Event and Expo 2013, in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The theme, “Our Aging Infrastructure,” covered the numerous challenges that water systems are facing.  The challenges include water quality and system management, distribution systems, operator training, storm water management and more.  Hot news topics such as Hydrofracking and emergency response groundwater issues received special attention.  In addition, NSWCA commissioners learned of new technologies and solutions from guest speakers and commissioners from other districts throughout the state.

“The New York Water Event and Expo is the largest conference devoted to drinking water in New York State.” Mr. Gary Brosnan, President of NSWCA observed. “It’s a valuable opportunity for NSWCA member Districts to learn about the latest technologies and advancements concerning water.  The demonstrations, seminars and exhibits foster opportunities to learn from each other and to gain awareness of practices that have been tried and tested.”

The focus on drinking water continued May 5th through 11th, with the observance of the United States’ 25th annual Drinking Water Week. The event was first declared in a Joint Congregational Resolution signed by President Ronald Regan and supported by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

During Drinking Water Week water utilities, environmental and other pubic organizations work to center the public’s focus on water as a vital resource.  Activities throughout the week include public education on the sustainability and potential future challenges of our water supply.  As part of water observance, NSWCA member Districts have different activities planned, from water tasting competitions to school assemblies.

“Awareness through education at every level in the community helps preserve the quality, availability and sustainability of our drinking water now and into the future,” commented Mr. Nicholas Bartilucci, Jericho Water Commissioner.

Continuing education, collaboration, and best practices are something NSWCA members strive to continually improve upon throughout the year.  The nation and state’s springtime efforts help focus on this vital resource.

“Water is our most essential resource, and all too often it is taken for granted,” Mr. Howard Abbondondelo, Commissioner of Albertson Water District said.  “National Water Week and activities throughout this month help bring focus to Long Island’s conservation efforts and water supply.”

About Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners Association

The NSWCA is comprised of Water Commissioners from 21 Nassau County and Suffolk County Water Districts.  NSWCA is dedicated to communication, efficiency and best practices among Long Island’s water districts.  As part of its mission, the association holds monthly educational meetings sponsoring experts on topics that include law, cost efficiencies, rules and regulations and issues germane to water utilities.

[1] US Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking water and health: what you need to know. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency; 2009. Available at .

[2] NYC.Gov.  NYC Water on the Go.  2013, The City of New York.

For further information, please contact the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association President: Mr. Gary Brosnan: 516 249-3330 or email:

For information regarding your District’s Water Commissioners, please contact: Mr. Jamie Stanco, Progressive Marketing Group, Inc. at 631-756-7160.

Agency Contact Information:  Mr. Jamie Stanco, Progressive Marketing Group, Inc. Phone: 631-756-7160.

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