New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
This department provides information for consumers, doctors, researchers, and health care providers. NYSDOH is also the primacy agency for enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Assuring the delivery of safe drinking water is critical to the public health and well being of all New Yorkers. The Department of Health oversees the delivery of drinking water to ensure that it is suitable for people to drink. To assure the safety of drinking water in New York, the Department of Health in cooperation with its partners, the county health departments, regulates the operation, design and quality of public water supplies such as the Ocean Beach Water Supply and commercial bottled water suppliers; assures water sources are adequately protected; provides financial assistance to public water suppliers, reviews and approves plans for proposed realty subdivisions, and sets standards for constructing individual water supplies and individual wastewater systems (septic systems). The rules and regulations covering public water supply systems can be found at
Fire Island is a unique community. We are a beach resort, yet we are within a national park. We have bustling towns, yet we have long stretches of uninhabited wetlands and beaches. We necessarily interact with a number of regulatory agencies at the federal, state, and county level in order to obtain relevant information and permits.