Drinking Water Quality Council

Overview

The Drinking Water Quality Council (DWQC) was established by New York State Public Health Law § 1113 (PHL § 1113), to provide recommendations to the New York State Department of Health on emerging contaminants in drinking water. PHL § 1113 was enacted as part of several measures within the 2017-2018 State Budget designed to maintain and improve the quality of New York’s drinking water supplies and infrastructure. Standing at the forefront of the State’s efforts to protect public health from threats posed by emerging contaminants, the DWQC will address some of the most technically challenging aspects of environmental health and drinking water regulation.

DWQC meetings are open to the public. A public comment session will be held at the end of the meeting. Verbal comment is limited to 2 minutes. Meetings can be viewed live via webcast. Webcasts of the meetings are posted on our web site for one year within two weeks following the meeting.

Next Meeting Date and Location

Date Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time 10:00am - 12:30pm
Locations
  1. Meeting Room 5, Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242
  2. Public Service Commission Board Room, 4th Floor, 90 Church Street, New York, NY 10007
Meeting Link An archived streaming webcast link is now available.

Mission

Providing science-based recommendations about emerging contaminants in drinking water to protect public health.

Charge

The council shall make recommendations to the department relating to:

  • (a) those contaminants, which the department may list as emerging contaminants pursuant to section one thousand one hundred twelve of this title.
  • (i) In determining what substances shall be recommended as emerging contaminants the council shall, at a minimum, consider:
  • A. unregulated contaminants monitored pursuant to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 USC § 300g-1) as amended from time to time;
  • B. substances that require regulation or monitoring when present in drinking water in other jurisdictions outside the state of New York;
  • C. pesticide chemicals for which the United States environmental protection agency has set human health benchmarks for drinking water;
  • D. substances found at sites in remedial programs located inside and outside the state of New York, including but not limited to inactive hazardous waste sites; and
  • E. waterborne pathogens and microbiological contaminants.
  • (ii) The council shall recommend a notification level for each recommended emerging contaminant.
  • (iii) The council shall recommend timeframes and frequencies in which testing should be required for the recommended emerging contaminants, allowing for variation based on circumstances such as the source of water, the region and size of the water system.
  • (iv) The council shall provide the department with its first list of recommended emerging contaminants and corresponding notification levels for which testing shall be required no later than one year from the initial meeting of the council, and the council shall update the list and recommend notification levels annually thereafter;
  • (b) a review of substances identified as emerging contaminants pursuant to section one thousand one hundred twelve of this title. Where appropriate the council shall recommend either a maximum contaminant level (MCL), or the removal of the substance from the list of emerging contaminants, on the basis of available scientific evidence and any other relevant factors;
  • (c) the form and content of public notifications issued pursuant to section one thousand one hundred twelve of this title;
  • (d) working with other state agencies and the federal government to ensure funds are available and accessible, parties known to be responsible for contamination are pursued, and mitigation, remediation, and cleanup projects occur in a timely manner;
  • (e) the development of educational materials regarding private well water testing;
  • (f) the appropriate use of, and methods and manner of conducting, biomonitoring and biomonitoring studies;
  • (g) the inclusion of information on the online tracking and mapping system established in section 3-0315 of the environmental conservation law; and
  • (h) anything else the department or the department of environmental conservation designates.

Membership

The DWQC consists of twelve nonpartisan and impartial members, consisting of representatives from government, academia, the public, and drinking water systems. Members of the DWQC are uniquely qualified, with expertise in drinking water, water resources, environmental conservation, environmental engineering, microbiology, toxicology, and health risk assessment.

The Governor's appointees are:

  • Howard Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner, New York Department of State Health (Designee: Brad Hutton, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health)
  • Basil Seggos, Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Designee: Ken Lynch, Executive Deputy Commissioner)
  • Roger Sokol, PhD, Director, Division of Environmental Health Protection, Center for Environmental Health, New York State Department of Health
  • Scott J Stoner, MS, Chief, Standards and Water Quality Assessment Section, Division of Water, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Stanley Carey, Massapequa Water District Superintendent, Long Island Water Conference Chairman
  • Joseph Graziano, PhD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Professor, Environmental Health Sciences and Pharmacology
  • Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Darrin Fresh Water Institute Associate Director and Professor
  • Harold Walker, PhD, Stony Brook University Department of Civil Engineering Professor and Chair, Stony Brook Center for Clean Water Technology Co-Director

Senate and Assembly appointees are:

  • Sarah Meyland, JD, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology
  • Steven Schindler, MS, Director, Water Quality: NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply
  • Kris Dimmick, PE, PWLF, Professional Engineer, BCA Engineers & Architects
  • Paul Granger, PE, Superintendent, Port Washington Water District

Past Meetings

Date Location Agenda Webcast Minutes Presentations
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 Baruch College, William and Anita Newman Conference Center, Room 750, 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10007   Webcast    
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6, Albany, NY 12242   Webcast    
Monday, October 2, 2017 SUNY Stony Brook, 100 Nicolls Rd Stony Brook, NY 11790   Webcast