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District Hosts NYS Elected Officials and Community Members at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Officially Opens State-of-the-Art Wastewater Treatment Facility

Great Neck, NY (June 6, 2014) – The successful $60 million upgrade of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District wastewater treatment plant on East Shore Road was celebrated today during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The District Board of Commissioners were joined by New York State and local elected officials, community leaders and Great Neck residents to celebrate the culmination of the momentous environmental project on Long Island.

“The District has successfully implemented a substantial amount of environmentally beneficial initiatives since the inception of the capital improvements project in 2010,” said District Commissioner Jerry Landsberg. “The state-of-the-art facility has allowed the District to improve and extend sewage services to neighboring municipalities, resulting in immediate savings to taxpayers, while also being awarded a prestigious sustainability award.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated a significant Long Island and New York State milestone as the 5.3 million-gallons-per-day facility is one of the most advanced and environmentally friendly facilities in the entire Northeastern United States. The upgraded storm resistant facility discharges 80% less nitrogen into the Long Island Sound than it did three years ago and serves more than 25,000 residents and businesses in the Great Neck community.

“New York State is proud to have assisted the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s state-of-the-art facility construction,” said Matthew Driscoll, president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), which provided both low-interest loans for the construction of the Great Neck facility. “The new and improved facility meets several goals established by Governor Cuomo including the construction of storm-resiliency features including a back-up generator and elevated tanks.”

The EFC is the financing arm of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration which provides low-cost loans and grants to local governments for the construction of wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.

“The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District serves as an innovative model nationwide for how local communities can harness clean technology to reduce costs for municipalities and residents,” said Congressman Steve Israel. “Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony and announcement of the $60 million upgrade to the District’s wastewater treatment plant will ensure that it will be able to serve the Great Neck community for years to come.”

The state-of-the-art facility incorporates sustainable technology in its operation 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 thousands of dollars in annual electric costs.

“The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) was destined to be a model sewer district to be emulated throughout our state. The consolidation of GNWPCD and the Village of Great Neck sewage plant is local government and municipal cooperation at its best. The voices of the Great Neck residents were heard,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

“I applaud the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District and the Great Neck community for their innovation and commitment to clean energy. This investment will help improve the Great Neck community and protect the environment both in the immediate future and for years to come,” said Senator Jack M. Martins.

In keeping with the New York State initiative for municipalities to share services, the District has successfully extended sewage services to a portion of the Village of Great Neck, previously served by the Village, which will result in lowered taxes for residents.

“I applaud the District for making environmental preservation and maintenance of high water quality key priorities in the building of this new plant,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “I expect that this facility will be a great asset to this community for decades to come and will enhance the quality of life for residents of the district.”

“The shared service between the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District and the Village of Great Neck is representative of governmental units taking the initiative to work together with the consideration for the residents of Great Neck,” added Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman. “The District’s ability to provide sewer services has yielded immediate results including immediate savings to taxpayers.”

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

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