Written by Carol Frank Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00
The impasse on East Shore Road between the Water Authority of Great Neck North and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District regarding the distance needed between a major water main and the new pipe being installed by the sewer district is not settled yet.
However, on Monday, April 22, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman called the two utilities together to mediate a solution to the situation. Although Kaiman felt it was too early to give details about a potential solution, he stated that “we are working toward a resolution that will protect the interests of all parties.” He conveyed a positive tone about the quality of the meeting and the cooperation of the participants, Chairman of WAGGN Michael Kalnick, Chairman of WPCD Jerry Landsberg, Superintendent of WPCD Christopher Murphy and Superintendent of WAGGN Gregory Graziano.
The Authority had asserted that the six-inch buffer zone between the two pipes was essential to prevent any cross-contamination between the drinking water supply and the waste line if there were ever a failure in the water main. The district while admitting that the original plan called for the six-inch buffer, stated that it was highly unlikely that there would ever be a catastrophic situation with the water main causing the problems envisioned by the Authority. Currently, the distance between the two pipes where they intersect is 3 inches.
Certainly, there is a consensus that some creative engineering now, while the pipe is still under construction, would be cheaper and faster to rectify than if a problem occurred in the future.