Roslyn Water District gets $2.6M grant for air stripping facility

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a Long Island Association meeting in Woodbury on Wednesday. (Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The Roslyn Water District received a $2.6 million state grant last week to help fund the nearly finished air stripper facility at Christopher Morley Park.

The money was part of nearly $27 million in grants announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday for nearly $27 million in grants for 13 Long Island drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Roslyn Water District Superintendent Richard Passariello said the $2,646,226 will help recoup taxpayers’ money for the $4.4 million air stripper facility nearly completed in Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn.

“I would like to thank the governor for addressing the need for funding water treatment projects,” Passariello said. “That’s really important.”

Passariello said the facility, which was first approved by Nassau County in June 2014 and construction began the following year. The facility is in the final stages and should be completed within six months, Passariello said.

Roslyn Water District serves the villages of Roslyn, Roslyn Estates and East Hills plus portions of Roslyn Heights, Roslyn Harbor, Flower Hill, North Hills, Greenvale, Albertson, Glenwood Landing and Port Washington.

“This crucial funding will aid the development of important infrastructure projects vital to protecting our drinking water,” state Sen. Elaine Phillips said in a statement. “The improvements made possible by this funding will safeguard our community’s water supply for residents and future generations and will help address any emerging water issues on Long Island.”

The grants are part of $225 million available under the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act announced in April.

Cuomo said in the release the 13 grants, nine in Nassau County and four in Suffolk County, will help create 1,160 jobs across Long Island.

Cuomo said the grants will help upgrade and replace drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains as well as the construction and enhancement of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations and sewer systems.

“This unprecedented investment continues New York’s commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources,” Cuomo said. “These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state.”

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