Our Water Safe To Drink
Long Island’s public
drinking water is regarded
as one of the best in the
nation, meeting a long list
of rigorous federal, state
and local health standards.
collectively spend more
than $2 million annually to
test the water at independent
times a year for up to 250 substances. The results
are reported directly to the appropriate county
health department, which also conducts regular
spot checks of its own.
Federal and state environmental agencies and
the state and county health departments have
strengthened drinking water regulations
tremendously in recent years. Additionally,
technical advances in sophisticated testing
equipment allow substances that are as tiny as one
part-per-billion to be detected in the drinking
water. That’s equivalent to one second in 32 years!
Any public water supply well that is discovered
to exceed the rigorous drinking water quality
standards must be removed from service and
corrective measures taken. When treatment is
necessary, extremely effective methods such as airstripping
and activated carbon filtration are used to
cleanse the water and remove unwanted
substances before it is sent to the public.
Long Island residents can rest assured that
the public water that flows from their faucets is
one of the most highly regulated supplies in the
United States and safe to drink.