Learning Beyond the Classroom


South Farmingdale Water District Hosts Nassau Community College Students for Educational Program and Facility Tour

Where does our water supply come from? That was just one of the topics discussed when 30 students from Nassau Community College’s (NCC) Environmental Science program visited South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) as part of a collaborative educational program initiative.

In an effort to expand education beyond the classroom, NCC students who have an interest in environmental studies were invited on a tour of SFWD’s Water Treatment Facility, which was led by Gary Loesch, Executive Vice President and Alison Auriemmo, Project Engineer of H2M Architects + Engineers, the engineering contractor for SFWD. Additionally, the District’s Water Commissioners, Superintendent and Plant Operators were on hand to answer questions about the District’s storage plants, well sites and how water is pumped and distributed to the local community.

Nassau Community College Professor Michael Marrano emphasized the importance of offering students valuable educational experiences that extend beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. “By coming to SFWD, our students can experience an environmental professional firsthand, ask questions and gain a better appreciation of where our water comes from, how it’s treated and how it’s delivered.  It’s something that no one should take for granted.”

An avid supporter of shared educational programs, the local water district has been providing facility tours for nearly 50 years for local elementary students, high school students, and college programs. “We are more than happy to host Nassau Community College this afternoon,” said South Farmingdale Water District Commissioner Ralph Atoria. “Part of our mission is to actively promote the conservation of our most precious resource, and we’re proud to continually educate our youth on how we deliver safe and sustainable water.”

For more information about scholastic educational tours of SFWD, please contact the South Farmingdale Water District at (516) 249-3330.  For more information about where your water comes from, please visit the SFWD website at: www.sfwater.com

About the South Farmingdale Water District
Since 1931, SFWD has been providing quality drinking water that exceeds federal, state and local standards to the communities it serves such as South Farmingdale, North Massapequa, and parts of Bethpage, Seaford, and Massapequa Park.

South Farmingdale Water District’s office is located at 40 Langdon Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Telephone: (516) 249-3330, or visit www.sfwater.com.

About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit our website at www.ncc.edu

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