The Bureau of Water Supply enforces regulations to assure safe drinking water for residents of Rockland County. This is accomplished through water quality analyses of public and private water supplies; inspections of public water supply facilities; review of water supply operator certifications; review of plans for additions or modifications to public water supply systems; tracking of water supply interruptions to ensure appropriate remedial action and notification; and investigation of complaints. Additionally, the Bureau reviews applications for aquatic weed control, conducts hydrogeological assessments to address protection and maintenance of potable water resources and provides engineering assistance to the Bureau of Food and Recreation by reviewing plans for new or modified construction of public swimming pools. Our geologist also provides technical assistance in the form of plan reviews and/or data interpretation to other Environmental Health programs on an as-needed basis.
The Water Supply Bureau is also responsible for management of data generated by and enforcement of the Rockland County Private Well Testing Law. As a result of growing community awareness of the law and of the potential penalties associated with non-compliance, the overall level of voluntary compliance has increased. Our staff continues to work in cooperation with Housing Bureau staff to identify rental properties that may be using private wells that require testing pursuant to the Private Well Testing Law. Furthermore, we work to ensure that all new water supply, geothermal and resource evaluation wells are properly installed and that unused wells are properly decommissioned.