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Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association Co-Sponsors First-Ever Long Island Groundwater Symposium

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA) co-sponsors the first-ever Long Island Groundwater Symposium.

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Long Island, NY - May 20th, 2013 -  On Friday, May 10, 2013, 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. 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 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 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 island-wide 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 month-long dedication to water as Earth’s greatest natural resource.

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.

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

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