First United Water Hearing Draws Nearly One Thousand

Roughly 1,000 residents and experts attended a hearing Tuesday night at Clarkstown South High School to discuss United Water New York’s proposed water treatment plant. The $130,000,000 project would take water from the Hudson River, treat it and distribute it to residents throughout Rockland County. Vice President of United Water New York, Michael Pointing, stated that Rockland is in need of an additional source of water and that research done by the company since 2006 shows that more water will be needed to supply drinking, firefighting, and other necessities by the year 2015. Residents at the hearing expressed common concerns, such as how the plant will affect their future water bills, the quality of water treated from the Hudson, energy used by the plant, and harm to the Haverstraw Bay, where the plant will be built. Residents also raised questions about the reservoir that is shared by United Water New Jersey, and the quantity that they are using. Officials who attended the hearing stated that there is enough of a supply of water to allow more time for research into alternative options. There will be another hearing tonight at 6:00 PM at Haverstraw Elementary School.

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