Westchester County Water District #1 (WCWD#1) which includes White Plains, Scarsdale, Mt. Vernon and Yonkers is in the process of determining the approach for compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, a new requirement regarding the installation of equipment to ensure against water borne diseases. This new equipment involves construction and placement of an ultraviolet (UV) treatment plant that further protects against parasites, namely Giardia and Cryptosporidium. There has been no change to the water supply and it is safe to drink water in Scarsdale and in the communities of WCWD#1 as Westchester County, the USEPA and US Attorney resolve differences in the strategy for installation of UV Treatment of the water.
Scarsdale Water Supply is fed by 2 pump stations, the Ardsley Road Pump Station (ARPS) and Reeves Newsom Water Supply Station (RNWSS). The ARPS which currently has UV treated water pumps up to two million gallons per day. The dispute between Westchester County and Federal Agencies is to determine the best strategy and Schedule for having the water supply for the RNWSS and supply stations in other Water District communities to install the UV treatment.
Again there has been no change to the water supply and the water is safe to drink in Scarsdale as it has been for decades, also, the water supply to the Ardsley Road Pump Station is receiving UV treatment and fully complies with the regulations. Further, the Westchester County Department of Health has determined that the water is safe to drink. The following is a statement from Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester County Health Commissioner regarding the safety of drinking water:
“I want to assure residents in Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yonkers that their drinking water is safe. Questions have been raised about a legal action brought by the Department of Justice regarding Water District No. 1’s compliance with EPA regulations, but no public health advisories have been issued about the safety of the water relating to cryptosporidium and no reported cryptosporidium illnesses have been associated with the water supply. In addition, the water used by Water District No. 1 is continuously monitored for safety, tested weekly by New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Regarding the lawsuit, the county has been continuously working with the member municipalities of Water District No. 1 to bring it into full compliance with EPA regulations. It is important to note that this is a regulatory issue dealing with enhanced water treatment. It is not about any specific health or safety violations because there are none."