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Nassau County Water Safe to Drink

Robert McEvoy, president of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA) called the Atlanta-based Weather Channel after a recent report suggested that the public water in Nassau County was unsafe to drink due to salt water intrusion because of the recent storm.  He said they were bombarded with calls from concerned citizens. Mr. McEvoy told the Weather Channel there were only two areas affected and they constitute less than 2 percent of Nassau County. “It was very irresponsible of them to suggest that the public water was unsafe to drink.”

He said the two areas affected were Long Beach where the devastation of Hurricane Sandy was incredible and the Mill Neck Estates Homeowners Group which is served by the their own provider. “We believe their well field got overrun with salt water. It doesn’t connect with our system,” he added. Mill Neck Estates is located east of the Bayville Bridge off West Shore Road.

He said contrary to this report, all member districts of the NSWCA had been delivering plentiful, potable, and safe water for its consumers, during and after the storm.  Each commissioner was happy to report that there have been no interruptions in water supply as a result of Hurricane Sandy and no boil water advisories were necessary.

“Due to diligent preparations, each water district did a tremendous job ensuring that the public would have clean and safe water to drink during and after the massive storm that hit our region,” said Mr. McEvoy. “Emergency planning and protocols are always in place to ensure that our distribution systems are fully operational, and many crews worked around the clock to make certain that our drinking water is safe for our communities.”

Although power outages impacted several plants and facilities, a series of emergency backup generators and diesel-powered pumps kept district water supplies pumping on a normal schedule.  As a result, there were no reports of water loss.  A portion of the pump stations were switched to generator power or diesel-powered pumps since the beginning of the storm, he explained.

For further information contact the NSWCA president at 322-3168, or email: rmcevoy@oysterbay-ny.gov.