- Joseph BellaExecutive Director, Passaic Valley Water Commission
Save the Reservoirs, Stop the Concrete Tanks
The Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) has approved partially or completely draining the New Street, Great Notch and Levine Reservoirs and replacing them with concrete tanks at a cost of over $100 million. While being done in response to an EPA rule, the EPA is reviewing this rule through 2016 and agencies in other states have held off on draining reservoirs until the EPA completes their review. Ask the PVWC to delay draining these reservoirs until the EPA completes their review to preserve these scenic views, property values and avert possible water rate increases to pay for the costs of constructing these tanks.
- Executive Director, Passaic Valley Water Commission
I am writing to express my opposition to draining the New Street, Great Notch and Levine Reservoirs and constructing concrete tanks in their place. If implemented by the Passaic Valley Water Commission, this plan could lead to higher water bills and decreased property values. While this is occurring in response to a federal regulation, I also understand that rule is now being reviewed by the EPA and feel that these reservoirs should not be drained and tanks should not be put in their place until at least their review is completed, as agencies in other states have chosen to do. I ask you to convey my concerns to the PVWC Commissioners and ask them to reconsider the draining of these scenic reservoirs before over $100 million is spent to destroy the magnificent views at the New Street, Great Notch and Levine Reservoirs.
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