Friday, June 3, 2016


An important email notice from the Village:

In light of a recent article critical of the Village’s water collection and testing protocol, we would like to provide further information about our testing protocol and efforts underway to improve the quality of our drinking water. 

As you may have read, The Guardian released an article this week based on testing records collected from “the most populous cities east of the Mississippi River”. Criticism in this article about the Village of Croton-on-Hudson’s testing policy is both misleading and misguided.

Twice a year water samples are collected from 40 homes throughout Croton in an effort to monitor copper and lead levels. Collection bottles are provided to the homeowners, along with collection procedures, and the samples are sent to a certified lab for testing with the subsequent results submitted to the Westchester County Health Department. In February of this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released suggested guidelines for homeowner tap sample collection procedures without any notification to the Village. The issue is the difference between the EPA’s revised suggested guidelines to “Place the opened sample bottle below the faucet and open the cold water tap as you would do to fill a glass of water”, as compared to the Village’s recommendation “To fill the bottle, please open the bottle under the tap and gently open the cold water tap. Fill the bottle slowly to the “Fill” mark.” The change in the guidelines are an effort to procure more accurate test results. To be clear, the revised EPA collection guidelines were updated without notification just four months ago, and are also “suggestions”, not regulatory requirements. Regardless, the Village will be implementing the EPA’s revised suggestions when collecting water samples moving forward. 



  1. Thank you. That article made me so angry, not to mention the fact that the "reporter" Jessica Gleza was or is still working for the Croton Daily Voice. Clearly she knew we were not a populous city to say the least!

    A sad day for reporting. The death of real journalism.

  2. Don, I'm not sure I know what "populous has to do with this issue. The fact is that the danger of lead/copper has been with us for over a decade. In addition to potential health dangers, this includes the problem of "brown water" which we resolved by installing new water pipes.

    The blame for such a lengthy delay resides with Wiegman and Gallelli who resisted all attempts to correct the problem by including an additive (Zinc Orthphosphate or a substitute) in our water.

    Two years ago, Croton was cited by the Westchester Board of Health to correct the high level of copper. There is no reprieve from this citation which involves the EPA and potential fines.

    Now we have learned that the advice we got during the past decade from the prior administration to run water for a few seconds was incorrect.

    Last year, I appeared at a Board meeting with a corroded piece of copper tubing that proved copper was leaching into our water. Because the problem was on my side of the water valve, I ended up paying around $3500 to fix the problem. The addition of a suitable additive could have solved leaching of problems associated with copper, lead and iron (brown water). At least it was worth a try.

    I hope the new administration moves quicker than the prior one to correct the proble and get the additive system installed. There is no evidence that the additive is harmful. I've updated my files to include the data from the Guardian The Guardian Report. If I can get your email address, I'll send you the additional info to check out for yourself.

    Bob Wintermeier

  3. Yes I agree that the corrosion control should have been undertaken years ago and you may remember, the Wiegman board made it a campaign issue and said no. This article is still misleading and misguided.