In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Peconic Land Trust will present two behind-the-scenes tours with Suffolk County Water Authority – taking place on both the North Fork and South Fork.
“It’s so important to know how our actions affect the quality and quantity of our drinking water supply,” Kathy Kennedy, Peconic Land Trust Senior Outreach Manager, relayed. “The visits to the Suffolk County Water Authority’s well head sites will give everyone the chance to learn steps they can take to protect this precious resource, as well as the science behind the work of SCWA that provides us with the best water possible.”
The Private Tour of Drinking Water Well Sites will take place in East Marion and East Hampton. Attendees will have the chance to learn about how water is pumped, sampled, examined, treated, filtered, stored, observed, remotely operated, and secured.
“Protecting our drinking water supply is critical, and learning what affects this resource should be a priority for everyone,” Kennedy noted. “We’re glad to partner with Suffolk County Water Authority to bring people behind the scenes and show them how our actions really affect both the quality and the quantity of our water.”
Additionally, the morning will explore the connection between how what happens above the ground affects the water below ground. It will also address easy things the public can enact to ensure our water is clean, abundant, and is refreshing for the years to come.
The Private Tours will take place on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no fee to attend, however space is limited and reservations are required.
The Suffolk County Water Authority, an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York, serves over 1 million Suffolk County residents. The Authority’s mission is to “provide the customers of Suffolk County Water Authority safe, pure and constantly tested drinking water at the lowest possible cost with exemplary customer service.”
National Drinking Water Week was founded by the American Water Works Association as “a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.”
The Trust’s mission is “to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future.”
To reserve a spot for the East Marion tour, visit peconiclandtrust.org. To reserve a spot for the East Hampton tour, visit peconiclandtrust.org.