The State Public Service Commission has set up hearings to discuss the plans surrounding United Water New York’s proposed water treatment plant. According to the company’s spokeswoman Deb Rizzi, in order to confirm the necessity of the project, recent statistics collected need to be analyzed. The plant has many critics who are pushing for more research to be done before a decision is made on the $130,000,000 project. George Potanovic of Stony Point, one of the founders of the Rockland Water Coalition, stated that there is more than enough time to do the necessary research and in his eyes united water is going to have a hard time finding a need for the plant. New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, Albert Appleton, was asked to review the project and his findings concluded that United Water’s research focused on the costly supply side, not the demand for water, which can be helped by conserving water and is much less expensive. County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell stated that she has plans to form a task force to investigate the issue raised by Appleton’s research. Appleton recommends that the county petition the Public Service Commission to put the project on hold, to review water demand. Appleton will be one of three experts that the coalition plans to have testify at the hearings, which are set for Tuesday at Clarkstown South High School at 6:00 PM and Wednesday at Haverstraw Elementary School, also at 6:00 pm.
State Public Service Commission Sets Hearings for United Water’s Treatment Plant
September 30, 2013 By