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EPA Issues Water Violation Notice To Westchester County

The district received the violation for not making upgrades that include ultra-violet treatment in order to be more effective and detect such organisms as cryptosporidium.
The district received the violation for not making upgrades that include ultra-violet treatment in order to be more effective and detect such organisms as cryptosporidium. Photo Credit: Flickr User Canadianfamily

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Westchester County Water District 1 has received a Tier 2 violation from the federal Environmental Protection Agency for failing to make district-wide upgrades to its water system within a prescribed deadline.

The violation notice, sent to residents by mail with their monthly water bills, pertains to residents in the Village of Scarsdale and the cities of Mount Vernon, White Plains, and Yonkers, which receive drinking water through the district, said Robert Cole, Scarsdale deputy village manager.

The water is safe to drink and use and is treated daily including receiving the appropriate chlorination to inactivate organisms such as giardia, bacteria and viruses, Cole said.

The district received the violation for not implementing district-wide upgrades required by the EPA that includes ultra-violet treatment in order to be more effective and detect such organisms as cryptosporidium. Specially, the district did not comply with the requirements from July 1 to Sept. 20. The county has until 2018 to bring its water treatment facilities into compliance.

Cole said that although the water supply is not presently subject to the ultra-violet treatment, ongoing testing has not detected any cryptosporidium in the drinking water and that testing will continue until the necessary upgrades are completed.

In the notice to consumers, residents are warned if they have specific health concerns, they should consult their doctor before using the water. It also warns residents with severely compromised immune systems, have an infant, are pregnant or the elderly, that they may be at an increased risk for infection.

The district is currently installing two new UV disinfection treatment facilities in White Plains that will treat all of the district water. One will be complete in May 2017 and the other in March 2018.

For more information, contact Anthony Della Valle at 914-8143-5477 or email at amda@westchestergov.com.

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