Proper Disposal of Expired or Unwanted Medications to Prevent Potential Contamination of Sole-Source Aquifer
The Plainview Water District (PWD), in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department, successfully hosted its sixth annual Pharmaceutical Take Back Day and collected over 400 pounds of unwanted or expired medications. These medications will now be disposed of properly in order to prevent them from making it into the community’s sole-source aquifer for drinking water. This District has now collected and properly disposed of more than 1,800 pounds of medications since it began this annual event six years ago.
“For the past six years, the Plainview Water District has held Pharmaceutical Take Back Day as part of its continued initiative to protect our sole-source aquifer and prevent the improper disposal of medications,” said PWD Commissioner Marc Laykind. “The District extends its thanks to the POB community for their participation and commitment which has been instrumental in contributing to the event’s success year after year. We look forward to further collaboration with POB residents and service to the community in the future.”
When someone improperly disposes of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away in the garbage, there is a likelihood that the medications’ contents will ultimately make their way into the community water ways and water supply. If there is an elevated presence of toxins from pharmaceuticals in the groundwater, the District will have no choice but to invest in expensive treatment systems so the contaminants can be removed before they reach customers’ homes.
“Our annual Pharmaceutical Takeback Day continues to provide a useful service to our residents and allows them to play an important role in protecting our community drinking water source,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “The entire team at the Plainview Water District is incredibly grateful for the continued support and involvement of the community, as this event wouldn’t be possible without them. We are excited to continue to hold this event for many years to come and to watch its success continue to grow with both current and future members of the POB community.”
“As a longtime member of the Plainview-Old Bethpage community, this was an incredible experience to see how many of our community members participate in Pharmaceutical Take Back Day,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “The level of dedication shown by the District to make this event happen and to the residents that participated is truly remarkable and will without a doubt help our efforts to preserve Plainview. Thank you to all who took the time to join us and participate!”
For additional information about the Plainview Water District, please call (516) 931-6469 or visit the Plainview Water District website at www.plainviewwater.org. Residents can also sign up to receive information by submitting their email address through the District’s homepage or following them on Facebook in order to stay up-to-date with District activities and initiatives.