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Joint Waterworks Saves Taxpayers Money, Trouble, Cortlandt Supervisor Says

Working with other municipalities has allowed Cortlandt not only to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency, it has made it possible to improve its water filtration and storage system without overburdening taxpayers.
Working with other municipalities has allowed Cortlandt not only to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency, it has made it possible to improve its water filtration and storage system without overburdening taxpayers. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Working with other communities has allowed Cortlandt to meet an unfunded EPA mandate to filter its water, Supervisor Linda Puglisi said Tuesday.

The town, along with Yorktown, Somers and the Montrose Improvement District, formed the Northern Westchester Joint Water Works (NWJWW) in 1995.

Working together, the supervisor said, allowed each municipality to pay less for its filtration systems, adding that the plan has “benefited our water consumers and taxpayers.”

Cortlandt built a new filtration plant off Route 6, and Somers upgraded its plant, which established at “duel connecting waterline system,” she said.

Cortlandt has also a new storage tank, which holds 3.85 million gallons of water – about 28 percent more than the old circa-1969 tank did, Puglisi said.

The cost of the $3.1 million tank and the bond that paid for it, is shared by all four municipalities proportionally, she added.

The tank, which went “online” Monday, Dec. 12, took about six months to build.

Puglisi said the town is “proud to be a partner with the other communities in the NWJWW project.”

“The fact that we were able to share these services early on before it became the norm, showed the vision that we all had to meet an unfunded mandate,” she said.

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said all the municipalties involved can be proud that the tank-replacement project “came in at budget and on time.”

It proves, Grace said, that “under the right leadership, government can work efficiently and effectively.”

“Kudos to all involved,” he added.

Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey pointed out that the joint waterworks “expeditiously and efficiently” replaced the failing water tank with one that has a larger capacity, on time, and with “no disruption of service.”

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