Schumer: No Concrete Cover For Yonkers Reservoir

YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency won’t require New York City to build a concrete cover over a billion-gallon Yonkers reservoir, at least for now.

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In a letter to Sen. Charles Schumer dated Friday, the EPA said it would review the issue and the city won’t have to build the cover in the meantime.

Federal rules required the city to build the $1.6 billion cover over Hillview Reservoir to protect it from contaminants. But local officials said it wasn’t necessary and the city is already building a new ultraviolet plant to disinfect tap water.

There was no immediate further comment from the EPA.

Should the reservoir have a cap? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • ragemond

    there must not be a kickback in it for schumer or he would be wailing like a banshee that it needs to be built

  • James

    You want the cap? Be prepared to pay for it by way of higher water and sewer rates. Keep our drinking water safe by using back-flow prevention devices on water services. Report and open fire hydrant without back-flow prevention devices by calling 311.

    • James

      Sorry, meant report any open fire hydrants…

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