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District applies for a Stony Brook University pilot grant program that aims to remove the synthetic compound from Long Island
The Plainview Water District, in partnership with the Bethpage and Greenlawn water districts, announced today that it has submitted a joint proposal for the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) at Stony Brook University’s Pilot Grant Program: Removal of 1,4-Dioxane from Long Island’s Drinking Water. Although, the Plainview Water District reports far lower levels of 1,4-Dioxane than the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) group maximum contaminant level (MCL) for unregulated chemicals including 1,4-Dioxane, the District has proactively partnered with its neighboring water districts to take advantage of the support that the CCWT’s pilot program provides.
“There is currently no MCL standard or approved treatment method to remove 1,4-Dioxane from our water.” said Plainview Water District Board Chairman Marc Laykind. “This pilot study will enable a matrix-style evaluation tool to compare the treatment effectiveness of a variety of Advanced Oxidation Processes under varying, key water quality parameters. We are excited to join alongside our colleagues in submitting this proposal as the first of many steps to ensure the quality of our water.”
“It’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to treating contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane,” said Bethpage Water District Superintendent Michael Boufis. “Together with the Plainview and Greenlawn water districts, we put together a strong application for this pilot program and made a compelling case to show why we are collectively the right water providers to partner with on this initiative. We are hopeful we will be granted the opportunity to shape the future of treating 1,4-Dioxane.”
“With so much attention being paid to 1,4-Dioxane, we appreciate the opportunity Stony Brook University has created and the efforts being made to further analyze the path for treating this contaminant,” said Greenlawn Water District Superintendent Bob Santoriello. “Through this collaborative partnership with Plainview and Bethpage water districts, we are hopeful our grant application is approved and we can get to work studying the important components of treating 1,4-Dioxane.”
With the high probability that New York State will be establishing a state-wide drinking water standard specific to 1,4-Dioxane, it is essential that public water suppliers on Long Island find a cost-effective treatment system for this contaminant that is not readily removed, if at all, by traditional treatment methods that Long Island water suppliers currently employ. A significant amount of research and development must be completed within a very short period of time. This is a challenge that the Plainview Water District and its partners are committed in helping achieve. Working together in submitting this proposal for the CCWT grant is a needed step toward ensuring high quality drinking water.
“Programs such as the CCWT’s pilot program are necessary to propel the industry forward and find meaningful, lasting solutions to these types of contaminants,” said Plainview Water District Commissioner Amanda Field. “We are excited to be one of the leaders in this endeavor and introduce a new form of water treatment technology to Long Island that will help shape and improve the future of our drinking water.
“We are always looking for ways to improve services and the quality of our water while simultaneously reducing costs,” stated Superintendent Stephen Moriarty, P.E. “The application we submitted is a grant-based program and there will be no added costs to the District other than providing samples from our wells for testing.”
The Plainview Water District has always taken a proactive approach to testing and reporting on potential emerging contaminants, and 1,4-Dioxane is no exception. The District volunteered to conduct a repeat sampling of Long Island drinking water since initial testing in 2014 and found levels of 1,4-Dioxane to be significantly lower than the NYSDOH Unspecified Organic Contaminant standard.
1,4-Dioxane is a synthetic chemical used as a solvent and a chlorinated solvent stabilizer for industrial chemicals. It is used in a variety of applications such as inks and adhesives. Its presence extends far beyond drinking water and is very pervasive in everyday household products at much higher levels, including cosmetics, shampoos, detergents, and deodorants. There is currently no chemical-specific Federal or New York State drinking water standard for 1,4-Dioxane.
Plainview Water District will continue to monitor this topic. Please check back for updates.
January 24, 2018 Plainview-Old Bethpage Article: Push for Clean Water
Using This Information Can Help Prevent the Headaches Caused by Frozen Pipes
The Plainview Water District (PWD) would like to inform its customers of some simple tips to follow in an effort to better prepare water systems for the colder months. Water systems, when left exposed to the elements, can become very susceptible to breaks and leaks as temperatures begin to drop. PWD residents are encouraged to take advantage of these cold weather tips and help protect their homes from unwanted disruptions or damages caused by frozen pipes.
“It is very important for every customer to properly prepare the water systems in their home for the colder, winter months,” stated PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “By following these few simple steps, you can save yourself the headache, frustration and expense of repairs caused by damaged pipes.”
Indoor Maintenance Before Colder Weather Arrives:
If a customer’s water service is in the boiler room or basement, check the area for broken windows or drafts. Brisk winds and freezing temperatures can cause pipes and water meters to freeze or break. In preparation, locate the main water shutoff valve in your home in case of an emergency and make sure pipes in unheated areas—like crawl spaces—are properly insulated.
It is also advised that all customers clearly label the main water shutoff valve in their home so they are prepared in the event of a water leak emergency. Shutoff valves are typically located where the water service enters the house through the foundation.
Outdoor Water Systems:
Don’t forget to turn off those hose spigots from inside the house and leave the outside valves open to prevent freezing. This allows any trapped water to expand in freezing temperatures and prevents pipes from bursting. Disconnect and drain all hoses and keep in a warm, dry place for reuse in the spring. Check your water meter pit covers and make sure they are bolted tightly in place and secured.
Sprinkler systems should be drained and turned off to prevent possible leaks and damage to the system. Leaks in sprinkler systems caused by burst pipes can be hard to identify when the systems return back on line, leading to increased water usage and inefficient functionality.
Water Lines Leading to Unheated Structures:
Be sure to shut off and drain service lines leading the unheated structures until spring to prevent breaks.
Keep Fire Hydrants Clear:
Lastly, be a good neighbor this winter during any snowstorms and clear a path to your nearest fire hydrant. In the event of a fire, precious time is lost when firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants.
If you have questions about preparing your home’s water system for the winter or general inquiries about your water service, please call 516-931-6469 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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