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Great Neck’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Implements Microturbine Project to Improve Facility Energy Efficiency

Great Neck, NY, (February 24, 2014) – As part of its ongoing commitment to being one of the most environmentally friendly operations in the country, the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPC) announced today that it has officially started the initial construction phase to build a microturbine auxiliary and supplemental power source for its state-of-the-art facility on East Shore Road. The addition of the microturbine will significantly reduce the District’s dependence on electricity and diesel fuel, which will in turn add to improved air quality. When completed in the summer 2014, it will be the first time this clean technology will be implemented in a wastewater treatment facility on Long Island.


“Among the goals of the District is the ability to establish long term sustainability in the form of innovative projects like the microturbine installation,” said Jerry Landsberg, Chairperson of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. “The District has other important projects such as the solar panel installations coming up soon. The objective is, and always will be, to run a facility aimed at decreasing environmental pollution and contributing to improved public health and wellness of the Great Neck community.”


Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have expressed numerous benefits to having microturbines at wastewater treatment facilities, including its durability and reliability, because microturbines create a large amount of energy relative to their size. According to the EPA, microturbines can function for more than 40,000 hours and require little maintenance.


“The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District is committed to improving both the quality of our community’s waste water and the cost to accomplish the task,” said Steve Reiter, Secretary of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. “The District is poised to exemplify its leadership capabilities by implementing environmentally friendly initiatives like Long Island’s first microturbine installation project, which will reduce our carbon footprint.”


The implementation of innovative technological projects, such as the microturbine installation at GNWPCD’s wastewater treatment facility, will also enhance the District’s ability to be awarded state and federal grants.  These grants could help fund continuous improvements and upgrades to the facility, resulting in significant cost savings for taxpayers.


“The District now serves more than 12,000 homes and businesses in the Great Neck community following a successful sewage consolidation project with the Village of Great Neck,” added Deena Lesser, Treasurer of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. “The addition of the Village to our operation, coupled with the on-going microturbine project is definitive of the Districts attitude towards improving public health and protecting our environment.