Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
The Town of North Hempstead recently issued a $14.8 million bond to the Carle Place Water District to meet demands of a rising population and address future contamination issues.
“After careful consideration and conferring at great length with the district’s consulting engineers, the Carle Place Water District Board of Water Commissioners has concluded that the proposed improvements and bond issue request are necessary for the district to continue to meet all current regulatory requirements for potable drinking water and fire flow demands,” said Water Commissioner and Chairman Timothy E. Stellato.
Components of the capital improvement plan include:
-Construction of a new pump station (Well 1A) to increase water supply;
-Construction of packed tower aeration systems for the removal of volatile organic compounds to improve water treatment;
-Construction of ion exchange systems for the removal of perchlorate and nitrate;
-Painting and miscellaneous repairs to the interior and exterior of the water tower to improve water supply;
-Electrical improvements with the installation of generators to provide standby emergency power and;
-Installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).
Proposed housing and extensive commercial development in the district in recent years have increased the need for an additional water supply, according to several engineering studies. An additional well house will help the district meet system capacity and comply with larger flow requirements for fire protection.
While the water presently supplied to consumers from existing wells meets current regulatory guidelines for potable drinking water, the district is detecting increasing nitrate trends and occasional traces of volatile organic compounds– none of which have exceeded maximum allowable levels to date. The district, which serves nearly 9,000 residents, won awards for best tasting tap water in Nassau County in 1985 and 2005.
Additionally, with neighboring water suppliers utilizing packed tower aeration facilities to address treatable levels of organic compounds, it would be reasonable to expect to see the levels of organic compounds increase in the Carle Place Water District in the near future, according to the engineer’s report, which recommended that the district begin planning for construction of treatment facilities at its well sites.
An estimated increase in the tax rate of $12 per month for a home assessed at the district average valuation of $398,000 will go into effect during a seven- to eight-year period, as bond projects progress and become completed.
“These projects take time to plan and develop, so we are moving ahead now in the interest of public health and safety,” Stellato said.
Additional questions from the public may be directed to the district office Monday through Friday, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (516) 333-0540.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.