Supervisor's Corner    

By Michael P. Sweeton

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Week of February 19, 2017

The Town, designated as an MS-4 community by the NYS DEC, is required to monitor and protect its water bodies and water supplies.  One way we insure our compliance is by enforcing our Cross Connection law for users of our public water systems.  The Cross Connection law is to safeguard the potable water supply from potential contamination by preventing backflow from a water user's system into the public water supply system and to comply with the requirements of the New York State Sanitary Code, Title 10 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Part 5, § 5-1.31.

Cross connection is a temporary or permanent connection of a drinking water line with another water or waste line, such as an independent well or irrigation water. Cross connections can potentially contaminate the drinking water system and cause a public health concern.  All nonresidential users of the public water system and all residential users of the public water system having auxiliary water supply, including but not limited to a private well, lawn sprinkler or irrigation system, shall be required to comply with the cross connection law.

This is to be accomplished by:

  1. Requiring an approved air gap, reduced pressure zone device, double check valve assembly or equivalent protective device consistent with the degree of hazard posed by any service connection.
  2. Requiring the users of such connections to submit plans for the installation of protective devices to the Building Inspector for approval; and
  3. Assuring that all protective devices be tested at least annually, records of which shall be submitted by the property owner to and maintained by the Building Department.

If you have any questions regarding compliance with the law, please call my office at 986-1120, ext. 240.  

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“We must do what America does best:  Offer more opportunity to all and demand more responsibility from all.”
                By William Jefferson Clinton (42nd President, 1993-2001)

The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.