As Mayor of the Village of Mineola, my greatest responsibility is always to protect and insure the quality of life for all of our residents. As part of these responsibilities, I find it necessary to correct any inaccuracies or misinformation being disseminated by those in the Village who are less informed. In this regard, I find it necessary to address certain inaccurate statements made concerning the Village’s drinking water.
As many of you recently read in Sunday’s Newsday, a new contaminant has been identified in Long Island’s ground water known as 1, 4 Dioxane. This contaminant evidently came from businesses using solvents for inks and adhesives. As is required by the New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health, Mineola does sampling and testing of its wells weekly and quarterly for bacteria and contaminants. None of the water sampling and testing of Mineola’s drinking water has exceeded any State or County maximum contaminant levels.
The Village of Mineola has tested its water supply for decades. Mineola has expended millions of dollars to insure safe drinking water for its residents. This year, Mineola will spend $2.5 million on water alone. Mineola currently maintains $3 million in its water capital account which is available for any treatment which may become necessary as identified by the Health Department. In addition, Mineola maintains a substantial unreserved fund balance which is available for water purposes. As you can see, Mineola is on top of this situation and our drinking water is safe.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. The dissemination of inaccurate information intended to cause fear serves no purpose.
Mayor Scott P. Strauss