The NSWCA is extremely proud to announce that our commissioner-led water districts have taken the top prizes for Best Tasting Water in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties at the Tap Water Taste Contest.
In Nassau no one has better tasting tap water than the Oyster Bay Water District, according to the the tasters who sampled and voted at the Campus Center at SUNY Farmingdale May 7th through May 10th. And in Suffolk, the Greenlawn Water District’s tap water tasted best and the District took home the trophy for the eighth time .
Congratulations to the dedicated staff and superintendents of both winning districts, to Oyster Bay Commissioners Robert J. McEvoy, Richard Niznik and Michael F. Rich II, as well as to Greenlawn Commissioners John McLaughlin, Jim Logan and John H. Clark.
To Syracuse and Beyond!
Both winners will be entered into the regional competition which eventually culminates in the New York State Fair in Syracuse to determine the best tasting water in the entire state! Winners at the regional and State Fair competitions receive recognition plaques from the judging body, the Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee (WWEOC).
The Suffolk County Trophy.
Above Right: Left to right: Greenlawn Water District Commissioners John McLaughlin, Jim Logan, John H. Clark, and Superintendent Bob Santoriello.
Oyster Bay Water District receiving the Nassau County Trophy from Chuck Savinetti, Superintendent of Locust Valley Water District and Chairman of the LI Water Conference.
Above Right: Left to right: Oyster Bay Water District Superintendent John W. Walsh, Mr. Savinetti, Oyster Bay Commissioners Robert J. McEvoy, Richard Niznik and Michel F. Rich III.
Left to right:
NSWCA 1st Vice President Michael F. Rich III (Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner).
NSWCA Treasurer Lawrence F. Zaino Jr. (Carle Place Water District Commissioner);
New York State Senator Elaine Phillips;
2nd Vice President William Schuckmann (Hicksville Water District Commissioner);
NSWCA Secretary Kenneth P. Wenthen Jr., (West Hempstead Water District Commissioner.
Senator Elaine Phillips, New York State Senator from the 7th Senate District, recently addressed the NSWCA with her thoughts and opinions on a variety of water-related topics. Speaking in front of a full house, she reiterated that ensuring that Long Island water resources remain safe for current residents and future generations is now, and has always been, a top priority of hers.
“I consider myself one of the most environmental Senators from New York, and environmentalism is part of my platform,” commented Senator Phillips. “Drinking water is a necessity, not a luxury.”
The Senator noted that 1,4-dioxane is at unprecedented levels across the country, and particularly right here on Long Island. She pointed out that there is state funding coming into Long Island, and that some Districts have already received funding for treatment in 2017.
Senator Phillips also touched on the reactivation of the Queens wells, noting that this presented a serious threat to Long Island’s aquifers, a threat that Long Islanders “should not and must not accept.” The wells, dormant for many years, pose threats to affect Long Island’s groundwater in unknown and potentially dangerous ways including allowing saltwater intrusion or diverting of underground toxic plumes.
Senator Phillips commented that she believed the most responsible course of action is to delay any re-permitting until the current groundwater study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Nassau and Suffolk counties is completed. Only then can we be certain of the impacts that the re-opening of the Queens wells will have on our region’s groundwater.