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Aqua New York Scraps Plan For Water Tower In Wantagh

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Site in Wantagh where a 150 foot high water tower will not be built because of community opposition. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Site in Wantagh where a 150 foot high water tower will not be built because of community opposition. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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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.

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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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