December 5, 2016 03:45 PM

The New York State Health Department recently announced that Suffolk County Water Authority’s laboratory scored a 100% on the health department’s latest Potable Water Proficiency Test.

This test, held once every six months, requires lab employees to test for 144 compounds at various concentrations and pinpoint the contaminant within a certain range. Though the allowed range averages about 20%, SCWA’s lab always seeks to get as close to the actual figure as possible.

"I am extremely proud of our laboratory and its staff and everything they do to make sure we are always at the cutting edge with our testing protocols and supplying high quality water to our customers," Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo said. "Once again, our lab staff has delivered."

"The lab has frequently received a 100% rating on the proficiency test," added SCWA Director of Water Quality & Laboratory Services Kevin Durk. "Although achieving a perfect score has become somewhat routine, we as a staff do not allow ourselves to become complacent about the results. Providing high quality water is always our top priority." 

The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.

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