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FOR MORE INFORMATION
ABOUT HOW TO COMMENT
ON SUEZ’S PLANS,
CLICK HERE.


Also see our video:

CURRENT STATUS

PSC AND SUEZ/UNITED WATER GET EARFUL FROM ROCKLAND RESIDENTS!

Over 300 Rockland ratepayers and elected officials spoke out at four hearings held on June 15 & 16 by the NYS PSC on a proposed rate increase and other plans by Suez. Half of the rate increase would pay for the company’s planning costs for its failed desalination attempt, which never started construction and was finally abandoned in 2015 after eight years of public opposition. The $54.5 million desal “mortgage” would end up costing residents $88 to $110 million with interest over 20 years.

Click on the link above to get a taste of public opposition to these costs. Many elected officials and residents said the costs of the failed project should be borne by shareholders, not the public. Criticism was also leveled at the company plans for conservation plans and repair of leaks. While these plans are a step in the right direction, they only meet the bare minimum required by the PSC.

Click here to read more.

Listen to and read WAMC reporting of the hearings at this link:

http://wamc.org/POST/PSC-HEARING-SUEZ-WATERS-PROPOSED-RATE-HIKE-DRAWS-CRITICS


THEY’RE BACK! SUEZ WANTS ROCKLAND TO PAY $54.5 MILLION DESALINATION SURCHARGE

If approved, Rockland ratepayers would pay up to 18.7% more in our monthly water bills and more than $100 MILLION (including interest) over the next 20 years for a plant that was not needed, never approved, and never built.

Rockland needs a stronger conservation plan from Suez, an accelerated repair of leaking pipes, and stronger, more proactive plans to protect existing resources. Suez plans meet only minimum requirements.

Instead of drowning in desalination debt, let’s work together to develop a more affordable and sustainable water policy! Read more.


SUEZ FILES FOR $54 M SURCHARGE

Click here for information about Suez’s request for $54 million for their failed desalination project and for policy plans in this new filing.


PSC ORDERS SUEZ TO KILL DESALINATION PLANT

Click HERE for The Journal News story


GROUNDBREAKING REPORT FROM NATIONALLY RENOWNED EXPERT

Suez withdraws from county task force. Click HERE for Our Town editorial on Suez actions.


Rockland Water Coalition wins highest EPA honor in the nation!


Sometimes the little guy wins!



SUEZ/UNITED WATER TOLD TO SHELVE DESAL PLANS!

Click HERE for NY Times and Bloomberg News coverage!

Grassroots environmental activists accomplished the impossible, stopping Suez, a multi-national corporation with plans for treating Hudson River water for Rockland County's drinking water.

One senior NYS staffer called the decision "an earthquake." Read more

TAKE ACTION

DON’T LET SUEZ SOAK ROCKLAND RESIDENTS with their $54.5 million DESAL SURCHARGE!”

Send your written comment NOW to the PSC! Don’t get stuck paying for millions in corporate waste!

You helped defeat Suez Water’s wasteful and expensive desalination plant—now add your voice to protect that victory and yourself from major rate increases to bail out the water company’s failed plant.

Suez proposes to do the bare minimum to promote conservation and fix leaks. Rockland deserves better! Tell the PSC that Suez Water must do more on water conservation and leak repair—the company plan to repair leaks doesn’t even meet average industry standards.

Click here for more talking points.


Here are TWO WAYS to make a tax-deductible donation to the work of the Rockland Water Coalition, as we head into the next phase of working for a sustainable water management plan:

1. You can donate online at
www.nodesal.com (upper right hand corner)

2. Checks can be made payable to Sierra Club Foundation with "stop desal" in the memo line and mailed to Sierra Club Foundation, PO Box 792, Pearl River, NY 10965.

For questions or further information about donations, contact George Klein, Rockland Water Coalition's Fundraising Chair, at (914) 772-3916.

THANK YOU!

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Desal Lawn Sign

Sign our petition to Governor Cuomo. Click here to sign

Get in touch at: rocklandwater@gmail.com.

Click here for a printable petition form. You can help by collecting signatures.

What's wrong with desalination?

  • • Desal "water tax" on top of 18% increases in county taxes.
  • • Water drawn 3.5 miles downstream from Indian Point nuclear plant
  • • Impacts on irreplaceable river habitat
  • • Increased flooding
  • • Greater vulnerability to future storms
  • • More flooding
  • • High energy use & carbon footprint
  • • NOT NECESSARY! We have safer, cheaper water sources!
Haverstraw Bay

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Get in touch with our Press Person, George Potanovic, at rocklandwater@gmail.com.