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Lawsuit Dropped Against the District

Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Proves Safe Levels of Nitrogen


Great Neck, NY (May 01, 2014) – The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (District) is pleased to announce that the frivolous lawsuit against the District filed by Save the Sound, a Connecticut-based environmentalist group, was formally dropped today by the filing entity. The lawsuit was voluntarily withdrawn due to the fact that the District’s operation had met all local, state and federal regulations.  The District recently completed a $60 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment facility, ensuring that it is one of the most environmentally friendly plants in the entire Northeast.


A recent report card released by Save the Sound gave Nassau and Suffolk counties an “A” for their efforts and Long Island’s largest publication, Newsday quoted District Superintendent Christopher Murphy who stated “The Plant has been able to reduce its nitrogen output by more than 80 percent.”


“This lawsuit against the District had absolutely no merit, and we are very happy to see that it has been discontinued” said Jerry Landsberg, District Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “Since the inception of the facility upgrade, we have implemented numerous environmental benefit projects in order to make the District’s operations more environmentally friendly and cost effective to taxpayers.”


District Commissioner Deena Lesser further stated “Through our successful consolidation project, the District was able to significantly reduce nitrogen discharge levels into the Long Island Sound, extended services to neighboring municipalities, all while simultaneously lowering taxes.”


The new state-of-the-art facility incorporates sustainable technology by utilizing the biogas byproduct from the treatment plant which, in combination with the soon to be completed microturbine and solar panel projects, will generate heat and power to energize the plant saving the District’s taxpayers thousands of dollars in annual electric costs.


“The lawsuit against the District was truly outlandish because it failed to consider the impact of our soon to be completed $60 million upgrade project that now makes the state-of-the-art facility one of the most advanced wastewater treatment plants in New York State,” added District Commissioner Steve Reiter. “The District has always been, and will continue to be, dedicated to environmental protection through both the District’s operations and competent workforce.”


The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District will be celebrating the official opening of the District’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant during a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2014 at its East Shore Road facility.


For more information about the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s environmentally responsible operations, contact us at (516) 482-0238 or visit