Monday, August 10, 2015

VILLAGE OFFICIALS LONG OPPOSED TO PRO-ACTIVE CHEMICAL CORROSION CONTROL ADDITIVES IN WATER SUPPLY UNDER THEN MAYOR SCHMIDT, CHANGE TUNE

The following is one of many interesting items on tonight's village board agenda: Delroy Taylor, P.E., Associate Engineer, Westchester County Department of Health; re: Notice of Copper Action Level.  Mr. Delroy notes the sample test results from Croton’s water supply from the period Jan. 2015 to June 2015 showed the copper level was 1.77 mg/L which exceeds the copper action level of 1.3mg/L. The Dept. has reviewed and accepted the Village’s proposed Corrosion Control program.  You can see the entire agenda here http://bit.ly/1Iw8PaQ

3 comments:

  1. Oh no poiznin da water, remember THAT!

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  2. There are 2 areas to focus on when it comes to water corrosion problems...External (Croton water Department iron pipes under the street which cause brown water) and Internal (Copper/Lead pipes in your house which can become health hazards due to corrosion when EPA limits are exceeded). Both problems can be solved by adding a chemical like Zinc Orthophosphate (ZOP) or an alternative. Unfortunately, the Democratic Village Board ignored the internal problems for the past 7 years leaving Croton residents exposed to potential health hazards as pipes corrode over time.
    Both problems were identified 8 years ago and Chazen (An engineering firm) was paid to conduct a study to find the best solution. They recommended Zinc Orthophosphate. Unfortunately, Democratic Village Boards ignored the solution despite a clean bill of health from Chazen. Nay-sayers concocted all kinds of fantasies about ZOP but all were debunked by Chazen and Croton’s Village Engineer.
    The current Village Trustees have finally undertaken a plan to solve the brown water by replacing the street pipes. Unfortunately that does not help the copper/lead pipes in homes especially those from the 1960s and earlier. That problem can only be solved by replacing the copper/lead pipes with PVC or adding a chemical like ZOP to coat the pipes. Replacement is too expensive and it’s still unclear which chemical will be used but it’s important that whichever one is acceptable, it will be used in such a small quantity as to be harmless.
    The copper/lead problem languished for years. Nothing was done until Westchester County found that the copper limits were being exceeded. Federal EPA rules require that a plan to correct the problems be approved. Now Croton must take action or face stiff EPA penalties.
    In my opinion, the Village Democrats ignored the problem which was called to their attention under the Schmidt administration. Let’s hope they move forward more rapidly than they have in the past 7 years that they controlled the Village Board spending their time and taxpayer funds on other frivolous endeavors like the Croton Point Avenue Project and the Gouveia estate.

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