County Run Water Authority?

Rockland County officials have begun discussions of the possibility of having its own water authority. Supervisor of the town of Ramapo, Christopher St. Lawrence, announced that he will be holding a public session on Thursday night at 8:00 at the Ramapo Town Hall to get residents’ thoughts on a not- for- profit authority having control of the water supply, rather than United Water New York, whom he stated has not been doing a good job for the county. Debra Rizzi, spokeswoman for United Water stated that the county government will feel more stress and a private company has more success managing water supply with greater efficiency. Preserve Ramapo members have been critical of the idea of creating a county owned water authority, Robert Rhodes stated that he believes St. Lawrence knows there is no money for the county to act on such plans and is calling it a publicity stunt. The company has spent about fifty million dollars to build a water treatment plant in Haverstraw that would use desalinized water from the Hudson River and have requested that the state approve a rate hike of $144 a year, along with a $60 yearly surcharge. St. Lawrence stands by his statements that the company has been overcharging residents and ignoring the many protests against the desal plant, particularly from the Rockland Water Coalition who argues the necessity of the plant.

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