District Has Been Awarded More Than $34 Million Over the Past Six Years
Plainview, New York—The Plainview Water District was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from Nassau County as part of the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The funding will help with costs associated with the design of the state-of-the-art Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) treatment facility at the District’s Plant 2 located on Donna Drive. With this latest award, the Plainview Water District has now secured 10 grants, totaling more than $34 million, over the past six years.
“The Plainview Water District has always been determined in its efforts to secure additional grant funding in order to minimize the cost impact for these infrastructure investments on our residents,” said PWD Commissioner Marc Laykind. “That dedication has resulted and amassed to more than $34-million in additional funding over the past six years. The Board of Commissioners is extremely proud of this great accomplishment by the entire PWD team and is grateful to our elected officials that are making these funding streams available.”
The Plainview Water District continues to execute best practices in relation to financing these projects to ensure funds are being acquired and allocated in the most efficient ways. To date, the District went to bond to finance AOP infrastructure related investments totaling $25.8 million, but has saved taxpayers $7.1 million in future debt service costs by using dedicated reserve funds to finance portions of these projects. Furthermore, the District’s efforts to secure grant funding has saved taxpayers an additional $7.8 million, for a total of $14.9 million.
“Through the committed efforts of the District, the significant amount of funding that we have been able to receive through various grant opportunities has provided a substantial positive impact on the fiscal assets of the PWD,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “The team at the Plainview Water District has remained focused over the years on ensuring our District is making significant strides in acquiring funding from grant opportunities.”
PWD currently has six AOP treatment systems in use across its service territory and has been delivering water treated for emerging contaminants ahead of the new strict water quality standards established by New York State, taking effect in 2020. These systems, when coupled with granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration tanks, are the only approved method of removing 1,4-dioxane from the public drinking water supply. Securing more than $34 million in grant funding has been crucial to absorb the substantial investment associated with constructing the required treatment facilities at impacted plant sites throughout the District.
“It has been a remarkable experience to witness the dedication of our team as they continue to seek out this additional funding for the betterment of our community,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “Our resident’s water quality remains our top priority and the District continues to execute in any efforts that will assist that mission.”
If you have general inquiries about your water service, please call 516-931-6469 or send an email to email@example.com. Customers of the Plainview Water District are also encouraged to sign up to receive District updates by visiting www.plainviewwater.org and also follow the Plainview Water District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/plainviewwater.