Task Force To Address New York's Water Quality Issues

Sophia Hall
September 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm
Water Quality task force

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A task force made up of lawmakers, scientists and environmental advocates will tackle the problem of cleaning up New York's polluted and aging water systems.

From the E. coli scare in Long Beach to the chemicals like 1,4-Dioxane found in the water across Long Island, Assemblyman Michael LiPetri, who represents Massapequa, says something must be done to improve the aging water systems across New York.

LiPetri says $80 billion will be needed to fix the state's antiquated drinking water and wastewater infrastructure over the next 20 years.

"This task force will identify the most efficient methods and technologies to generate longterm, sustainable solutions to allocate those monies and protect the state's water sources, address sewage problems and prioritize and fix aging water infrsatructure," LiPetri said. "We are at a tipping point, this is a life-threatening issue and one that will affect our children and our grandchildren."

He has set up five public hearings across New York to address the issue on the following dates:

  • The Central New York Regional Forum will be held the evening of Thursday, October 24
  • The Capital Regional Forum will be held the evening of Tuesday, October 29
  • The Hudson Valley Forum will be held the evening of Wednesday, October 30
  • The Suffolk County, Long Island Forum will be held the evening of Monday, November 18
  • The Nassau County, Long Island Forum will be held the evening of Tuesday, November 19
  • The New York City, Staten Island Forum will be held the evening of Wednesday, November 20