Water Authority Launches Series of Water Quality Talks

A graphical description of saltwater intrusion in the LICAP report.
A graphical description of saltwater intrusion.

The Suffolk County Water Authority will host the first meeting of a planned ten-year public education initiative focusing on groundwater quality and conservation at the East Hampton Library on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The initiative, called WaterTalk, will feature Water Authority laboratory and hydrogeology staff and offer residents the opportunity to ask questions about any water quality issue that concerns them.

The initial meeting in East Hampton will feature opening remarks from Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo about what the initiative seeks to accomplish as well as presentations from Water Authority Director of Strategic Initiatives and Lead Hydrogeologist Ty Fuller, Laboratory Manager Tom Schneider and Workforce Technology Manager Larry Anderson.

The meeting will be held in the library’s Baldwin Family Lecture Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Subsequent meetings will be held every two months throughout Suffolk County.

“With so much information out there about groundwater quality and the status of the aquifer system that provides all of our drinking water, we wanted to give residents throughout our service territory the opportunity to ask questions directly to our on-staff water quality experts,” said Mr. Szabo. “We feel we can help residents better understand what the most significant challenges to our aquifers are and, most importantly, what we can all do to ensure that our aquifers are protected for future generations of Suffolk residents.”

The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York.  Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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