Health & Safety

Drinking Water

New York State's water quality standards are among the most stringent in the nation. While concerns about possible contamination of the drinking water supply in Bay Shore and Brightwaters are understandable, no evidence that chemicals from the former MGP site had affected the community's drinking water supply was found during the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) remedial investigation process and reported in the 2003 final remedial investigation report nor has any been found in the years since then.

The Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA) is responsible for ensuring your drinking water meets New York state's high standards. SCWA is required to routinely monitor its system by testing water both at the wellhead and within the distribution system for a wide range of contaminants, including bacteria, inorganic chemicals such as nitrate, chloride and lead, and volatile organic compounds, including BTEX and trichloroethylene. SCWA is required by law to test for volatile organic compounds at each well site four times a year.

Learn more about the Suffolk County drinking water supply.