New York Announces $18M for Safer LI Drinking Water, Dennis Kelleher, P.E. Weighs In
New York State has given $18.2 million in grants to two Long Island water providers to bring drinking water up to higher safety standards, including H2M client Manhasset-Lakeville Water District. Dennis Kelleher, P.E., Chief Market Director and spokesman for the Long Island Water Conference, weighed in to provide his expert opinion.
“We did some estimates that if we did not get the grant funding, the water rates on Long Island would need to increase 50% to cover the cost of construction,” Kelleher said. He added that about 50 such projects on Long Island are expected to come online this year, with the majority of those in Nassau County at sites where past industrial uses created plumes of contamination. Water suppliers have focused on wells that exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) under the new regulations.
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