The Suffolk County Water Authority on June 30 celebrated the opening of its top-notch education center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by SCWA board members, executive staff, Suffolk County legislators and representatives of the Suffolk County Historical Society. The conversion of this vacant office space into a center dedicated to educating children and adults about our most precious resource was made possible by the vision of Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo and the hard work of many SCWA employees.
The center features photographs and historical documents dating back to the early days of SCWA. Original meter-reading equipment, a wooden water main and a turn-of-the-century gate valve are just a few examples of the artifacts accompanying these photos, bringing to life the changing nature of providing water to Suffolk residents. The protection of our groundwater and the link between SCWA and the Pine Barrens Protection Act is illustrated by a standing display on loan from the Suffolk County Historical Society.
Maps of SCWA pressure zones and informational videos, as well as a presentation on the Long Island water cycle and a “Water Workshop” that lets kids make their own aquifer, help visitors of all ages learn about the amazing journey of water from the ground to your faucet. The space also includes a meeting area, a children’s activity table and a computer station with interactive water-themed games.
The Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center is located at 260 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. A 1924 Ingersoll-Rand diesel engine and pump is stationed on the front portion of the property and is easily visible when approaching the building from either direction. Check back here for announcements about the Suffolk County Water Authority’s plans to expand its offerings and open its doors to civic associations and school groups.