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UPDATE – Village Water Testing Protocol

June 2, 2016
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In light of a recent article critical of the Village’s water collection and testing protocol, we would like to provide further information about our testing protocol and efforts underway to improve the quality of our drinking water.  As you may have read, The Guardian released an article this week based on testing records collected from “the most populous cities east of the Mississippi River”. Criticism in this article about the Village of Croton-on-Hudson’s testing policy is both misleading and misguided.

 

Twice a year water samples are collected from 40 homes throughout Croton in an effort to monitor copper and lead levels. Collection bottles are provided to the homeowners, along with collection procedures, and the samples are sent to a certified lab for testing with the subsequent results submitted to the Westchester County Health Department. In February of this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released suggested guidelines for homeowner tap sample collection procedures without any notification to the Village. The issue is the difference between the EPA’s revised suggested guidelines to “Place the opened sample bottle below the faucet and open the cold water tap as you would do to fill a glass of water”, as compared to the Village’s recommendation “To fill the bottle, please open the bottle under the tap and gently open the cold water tap. Fill the bottle slowly to the “Fill” mark.” The change in the guidelines are an effort to procure more accurate test results. To be clear, the revised EPA collection guidelines were updated without notification just four months ago, and are also “suggestions”, not regulatory requirements. Regardless, the Village will be implementing the EPA’s revised suggestions when collecting water samples moving forward.

 

In addition to the consistent monitoring of the drinking water, the Village has been developing a corrosion control system, which is expected to be built and operational by the fall. This system will reduce copper levels that are over the action level while having the additional benefit of reducing lead levels. It is expected that future sampling will show that copper will be below the action level and that a reduction in lead levels will also result.

 

Ensuring safe drinking water for our residents is of the highest priority to the Village. We are committed to maintaining an accurate testing policy and implementing programs that reduce copper and lead in the drinking water. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Village Manager’s Office at 914-271-4848.

 

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