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NSWCA Co-Sponsors First Groundwater Symposium

Last month, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), co-sponsored the first-ever Long Island Groundwater Symposium, along with the Long Island Water Conference and the Suffolk County Water Authority.

This was part of May’s Water Awareness Month, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), consisting of 21 Nassau and Suffolk water districts, including Jericho.

The five-hour informational program was highlighted by moderated panel discussions, featuring water supply industry professionals and elected officials. Topics of discussion included water availability, water quality, infrastructure management and long-term protection of Long Island’s groundwater supply.  

“We’re focused on education and awareness regarding our drinking water supply,” said NSWCA President Gary Brosnan, who is commissioner of the South Farmingdale Water District. “We are hopeful that the symposium opened some eyes and will help Long Island consumers become more proactive about conserving and preserving our most precious natural resource.”

Attendees included educators, advocates, water commissioners and superintendents. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided the opening remarks and commented, “This is a historic day. There is a tremendous responsibility for taking reasonable action to protect this resource and to continue to provide quality water to Long Island.”

Former NSCA President and Oyster Bay Water Commissioner Bob McEvo chaired the discussion on Infrastructure Management.

In addition to discussing Long Island’s groundwater issues, tasting ballots were cast for the 28th annual “Best Tasting Water Contest,” with Suffolk County Water Authority taking the prize for “Best Tasting Water on Long Island.”

It has been over 20 years since the last major islandwide symposium focused solely on groundwater. The program provided a broader awareness of the value of Long Island’s sole source aquifer to some 3 million people and the challenges facing this critical natural resource. The event is part of a monthlong dedication to water as Earth’s greatest natural resource.