David Mullen, a public health sanitarian with the Suffolk County...

David Mullen, a public health sanitarian with the Suffolk County Dept of Health Services, Division of Environmental Quality, tests water at a pumping station in Greenlawn on July 1, 2014. Credit: Ed Betz

Regarding "Suffolk water safety: Fewer tests, inspections" [News, Sept. 9], it's important that Newsday's readers know the Suffolk County Water Authority is separate and distinct from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and that budget cuts within the health department don't equate to cuts at the water authority. The water authority, in fact, has increased its budget for water quality testing by 16 percent in the last three years to ensure that Suffolk residents receiving public water know their supply is constantly tested and guaranteed to be of the highest quality.

The authority, which serves roughly 85 percent of county residents, has extremely rigorous testing protocols that surpass tough state and federal regulations. All of our customers should know that the water we deliver to them is completely safe.

Patrick G. Halpin, Oakdale

Editor's note: The writer is the secretary of the Suffolk County Water Authority board.


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