Nassau County Department of Health’s Michael J. Alarcon, P.E., Educates LI Water Commissioners on Air Stripping Well Towers

LI water commissioners review air stripping tower emissions during a recent NSWCA meeting.

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Left to right: NSWCA Secretary and Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner Michael F. Rich, NSWCA Treasurer and Hicksville Water District Commissioner William Schuckmann; Guest Speaker Michael Alarcon of Nassau County DOH, NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond J. Averna, and NSWCA 1st Vice President and Plainview Water District Commissioner Andrew N. Bader.

Farmingdale, NY - June 27, 2016 - At a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting Guest Speaker Mr. Michael J. Alarcon, P.E., from Nassau County Department of Health presented a program to Long Island water commissioners entitled “Air Stripping Tower Emissions Evaluation & Protection Program.” The presentation discussed Nassau County Department of Health’s policy and program to evaluate and control emissions from public water supply well air stripping towers as well as it assuring compliance with New York State guideline concentrations. The meeting was hosted by Bethpage Water District, which was established in 1923, and its Water Commissioners, William J. Ellinger, John R. Sullivan and John F. Coumatos.

“It is important to protect the quality of the public water supply and the air in the vicinity of air stripping towers, said Mr. Alarcon. “The Nassau County Department of Health has strict guidelines in place that must be followed during the design and operation of air stripping towers to protect the public health.”

Long Island uses air stripping to remove volatile carbon contaminants (VOCs) from our drinking water,” commented NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond Averna. “Our goal is to provide residents on Long Island with the highest quality drinking water every day. You can see complete information on what’s in the water of our 21 commissioner-run NSWCA member Districts in each respective District’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report.” 

Organized and chartered in 1981, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) is comprised of water commissioners from 21 Nassau and Suffolk County water districts.  The NSWCA is dedicated to promoting environmental excellence and best practices as well as maintaining the highest standards of water quality and supply. NSWCA sponsors regular educational meetings on topics that include the environment, security, economics, rules and regulations, among other related issues.