Bill Merklin, Senior Vice President, D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. Water Supply Division, recently gave a detailed presentation regarding 1,4-dioxane to the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) as part of that organization’s on-going education series.
He discussed the origins of 1,4-dioxane, citing how “decades of industrial chemical manufacturing led to the concentrations of 1,4-dioxane that we now see in our groundwater.”
Mr. Merklin reviewed the regulatory status, treatment processes, and timeline realities and commented on promising treatment with Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) which involves ultraviolet light and a strong oxidizing agent.
Michael F. Rich III, NSWCA President and Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner, said, “As all of our member districts await further direction from the New York State Department of Health, we truly appreciate Bill Merklin’s incisive presentation about the realities of 1,4-dioxane and potential treatment. It sheds light on an emerging threat while assisting commissioners and superintendents with developing strategies for addressing 1,4-dioxane contamination within individual water districts.”