On Janurary 18, United Water New York officials announced that the New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation has provided draft permits for the Haverstraw Water Supply Project. The DEC has decided, after review, that the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was complete and ready for public view. According to United Water’s vice president and general manager Michael J. Pointing, “It means that the residents of Rockland County are closer to getting a much needed new water supply.”
This draft will provide a plan to combat Rockland County’s water supply deficit. The plan proposes the development of a water treatment plan in Haverstraw that will purify Hudson River Water. Pointing also mentioned that DEIS shows scientific studies demonstrated minimal impact on the envioronment with the production of higher quality drinking water.
Providing this purified Hudson River Water would be affordable for Rockland county residence, United Water said. “The facts are in and they demonstrate the value of this important project for Rockland,” said Pointing. “Now is the best possible time to build this facility and invest in Rockland’s future. We encourage our customers to read the DEIS to learn more about the benefits of the Haverstraw Water Supply Project… We look forward to a productive public review and to breaking ground in 2012,” says Pointer.
The DEIS is available online at www.unitedwater.com/hwsp and at www.dec.ny.gov/permits/58678.html. There is also a public hearing scheduled for February 28 at the Haverstraw Town Hall.