Aqua New York Scraps Plan For Water Tower In Wantagh

WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 150-foot tall water storage tank and well station which was to fix a low water pressure problem will not be built in Wantagh after all.

The water company, Aqua New York, withdrew its application for the tower because of opposition from local residents and lawmakers who feared the tower might lower property values.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Back To The Drawing Board

Residents have mixed feelings about the move since there is disagreement over whether water pressure is even an issue.

“It’s fine, I have a very tiny cape, we have two bathrooms a washing machine, you know, the usual but I have no issue with my water,” one resident said.

Others say the water pressure is so low, especially in the mornings when many sprinkler systems are turned on, that you can’t even get a drink of water.

aqua rendering Aqua New York Scraps Plan For Water Tower In Wantagh

A rendering of what the water tower would have looked like (credit: Aqua)

“I am sick of no water pressure and I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 38 years,” Gary Marsi said.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs In Wantagh

Last month, nearly 200 residents attending a public hearing to voice their concerns over the proposed tower.

“It was a heated meeting but I told you I listened,” Aqua New York President Matthew Snyder told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Snyder said the company is working on an alternative plan but in the meantime advises residents to conserve water.

What other suggestions do you have to fix the water pressure problem? Let us know below…

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  • Stacy

    As someone who lives on the block and who has been very involved in this from the beginning let me make something clear…this is not a “not in my backyard” attitude. AQUA is on record as saying they can build ground level storage at the DeMott Avenue site and run booster pumps to achieve the same results as the elevated tower and the residents as fine with this solution. Also, risk of fire is not an issue because NYS has a minimum requirement of 20psi at all times and AQUA has never gone below that. There is a 10 state standard that they would like to meet which requires 35psi minimum at all times.

  • KPMc

    How about stopping people from watering their lawns in the morning?

    That’s actually the worst time to do it during the summer as it just burns the grass and evaporates off rather quickly.

    Doesn’t anyone know it’s better to water in the evening so the water can soak into the ground and actually be of use?

    It’s not rocket science people but it does require at least a moment of thought.

  • vy

    Typical Long Island “not in mybackyard” attitudes. I bet they would think differently if their home was on fire durring one of those high usage periods and the fire department could not draw enough water from fire hydrants to put out the fire before the home burns to the ground. And that assumes no people are trapped inside that home.
    Give people living within one or two blocks of the water tower a slight tax break to compensate for any drop in home values (a burned out home has no value).

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