Community Forum Planned On Desalination Plant Concerns

The Rockland Sierra Club and Rockland Water Coalition scheduled a forum to discuss the impact of severe storms on the proposed water treatment plant


Community activists are bringing their concerns about severe storms and the potential impact on the proposed Hudson River Water Treatment Plant to a public forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29.  The 7 p.m. “Community Conversation on Rockland’s Drinking Water” at the Nanuet Public Library will also include the latest information on United Water’s desalination plant proposal for West Haverstraw.

Earlier this month 27 environmental and civic groups signed a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo noting the hurricane damage sustained by the project’s pilot plant.

Some of the questions coalition members expect to address are “If the desalination plant had been built earlier, sited on the Hudson River, would it have been rendered inoperable during Hurricane Sandy? Would future storms jeopardize Rockland’s water supply or leave residents with skyrocketing bills to pay for damage, on top of massive construction costs?”

Discussion will take place about health concerns, water rate costs and potential impacts on the river habitat. The Coalition has proposed a range of sustainable and less expensive alternatives to desalination, including conservation and efficiency, a stepped up program of repair of leaks, and possible wastewater reuse.

mike sullivan January 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM
just stop already,it will be built! We need it!!!
Dennis January 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM
While there may have been damage due to Hurricane Sandy, UW will incorporate more robust building plans to mitigate and limit potential damage from future storms. The proposed plant is a step in the right direction to provide water to its customers. Dennis w. Hardy-Former Mayor-Village of Piermont
CR January 22, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a "pilot plant" a temporary structure? I would imagine that the "real" plant would be more sturdy. I also find it hard to imagine that a bunch of activists will be able to determine if the "real" plant would have been "rendered inoperable during hurricane Sandy." Are they better equipped to answer this question than the water company and the DEC, you know, the real experts?


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