Franklin Square, NY - September 1, 2015 - At a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting hosted by Manhasset-Lakeville Water District Commissioners Donald T. O’Brien, Brain J. Morris and Mark Saugvine, Peter Logan, Superintendent of the Jericho Water District, addressed the issue of nitrate removal.
Held in conjunction with NSWCA’s Continuing Education and Training Series, Mr. Logan was introduced by Jericho Water District Chairman and past NSWCA President Nicholas Bartilucci. During the discussion Mr. Logan noted that “On Long Island, sewage, septic systems and runoff from lawns carry nitrates into the groundwater. Consequently some areas are experiencing a significant rise in nitrate levels, which must be carefully monitored, and in many cases, managed through nitrate removal.”
Referring to a proposed nitrate removal plant located in Jericho beneath the elevated water storage tank, Mr. Logan commented, “The project is three years in the making, not unusual for a project of this scope. Essentially, we will consolidate two wells with both elevated nitrate and VOC levels, via a proposed 12” transmission main, and combine the treatment into one large plant. Both wells will be treated at the one site, using ion exchange for removing the nitrates and Packed Tower Aeration for the VOC removal.”
NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Thomas P. Hand added, “Given the need to protect Long Island’s sole source aquifer, Peter Logan’s presentation was informative and very timely. The expectation is that more nitrate removal systems will need to be built to accommodate the water needs of the Long Island population.”
Originally from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Mr. Logan is a long time Syosset resident. With the Jericho Water District since 1978, he has served as District Superintendent since 2003. He als holds a IB Water Plant Operator’s license issued by the New York State Department of Health.
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.
(NSWCA with Peter Logan Group Shot) Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting addressing the issue of nitrate removal (from left to right): NSWCA Treasurer and Hicksville Water District Commissioner Karl M. Schweitzer, a former past President of NSWCA; NSWCA 1st VP and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond J. Averna; NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Thomas P. Hand; Guest Speaker Jericho Water District Superintendent Peter Logan; Manhasset-Lakeville Water District Commissioner Donald T. O’Brien; NSWCA 2nd VP and Plainview Water District Commissioner Andrew N. Bader; NSWCA Secretary and Westbury Water District Commissioner Vincent Abbatiello.
(Peter Logan Photo): Jericho Water District Superintendent Peter Logan addresses the issue of nitrate removal with NSWCA water commissioners during a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting.