Our passion is to help you test your water, treat it if necessary, and to make sure your water isn't negatively affecting your health or increasing your risk of illness.
Steven Spayd is the founder and president of Diagnosis Water, LLC. He is an environmental and public health scientist and hydrogeologist. He has a Doctorate (PhD) and Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a focus on Environmental Health. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geoscience and is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG). He recently retired from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) where he worked in the Site Remediation Program and New Jersey Geological and Water Survey for 40 years. During his career at NJDEP he worked on a large variety of contaminated sites affecting both private wells and public supply wells. He was a member of the NJDEP Toms River Work Group which provided technical support to the Department of Health and Human Services for the investigation of childhood cancers in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. He helped lead the development and implementation of New Jersey's Well Head Protection Program. He was one of the founders of the New Jersey Private Well Consortium.
Dr. Spayd's most recent work at the NJDEP was on the geologic sources and effective water treatment for naturally occurring contaminants like arsenic and radioactive elements. He has been a leader in public health outreach to private well owners in high-risk areas. He was a key collaborator with the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Columbia University, and Rutgers University School of Public Heath on the public health aspects of contaminated water from private wells. He has always been available to assist residents and government agencies at all levels with water quality, water treatment, contaminant transport, well hydraulics, and hydrogeologic issues. Throughout his career at the NJDEP, he has helped develop policies, regulations, and standard operating procedures regarding drinking water, ground-water protection, pollution investigation, and cleanup.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Geology at The College of New Jersey and previously taught Hydrogeology at Delaware Valley University. Dr. Spayd has coauthored 14 peer-reviewed papers, a book chapter on arsenic in water, and several New Jersey Geological and Water Survey and NJDEP publications.
See recent public presentations given by Dr. Spayd while with the NJDEP that are available free online:
Read a sampling of publications by Dr. Spayd and his colleagues, available free on line:
Rockafellow-Baldoni M, Spayd SE, Hong JY, Meng Q, Ohman-Strickland P, Robson MG. 2018. Arsenic Exposure and Cancer Risk Reduction with Local Ordinance Requiring Whole-House Dual-Tank Water Treatment Systems. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 24: 1256-1267.
Flanagan SV, Braman S, Puelle R, Gleason JA, Spayd SE, Procopio NA, Prosswimmer G, Navas-Acien A, Graziano J, Chillrud S. 2020. Leveraging Health Care Communication Channels for Environmental Health Outreach in New Jersey. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Nov/Dec, 26(6):E23-E26.
Flanagan SV, Spayd SE, Procopio NA, Chillrud SN, Braman S, Zheng Y. 2016. Arsenic in Private Well Water Part 1: Impact of the Private Well Testing Act on Household Testing and Mitigation Behaviors. Science of the Total Environment, 562: 999-1009.
Flanagan SV, Spayd SE, Procopio NA, Chillrud SN, Ross, J, Braman S, Zheng Y. 2016. Arsenic in Private Well Water Part 2: Who Benefits the Most from Traditional Testing Promotion? Science of the Total Environment, 562: 1010-1018.