I am William J. Stein. I live in New City, NY with my wife of 57 years with whom I have raised five daughters who in turn have brought forth five granddaughters and five grandsons. We have been residents of New City since 1959 and have a deep love and respect of our town and county.
I am a professional engineer, licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey and others, a graduate of Manhattan College with a bachelors degree in civil engineering, a graduate of Harvard University with a masters degree in environmental engineering, an have been a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers since 1967.
I have more than fifty years of experience in the design and development of water supply and waste water disposal, highway, bridge, dam and land development projects.
I worked on the Poughkeepsie water system in the 1950s, the Akron water supply, treatment and distribution in the 1960s, the Town of New Windsor water treatment plant in the 1970s and was chief engineer of the Rockland County Highway Department in the 1990s. I was an adjunct professor at Manhattan College and taught courses in hydraulics, surveying, fluid mechanics, water supply and waste water disposal. I am a qualified expert witness and have advised legal counsel and testified in several law suits involving water supply and waste water treatment.
I am familiar with the design and operation of the Hackensack River development by United Water and its predecessors including Lake Deforest, Lake Tappan and Oradell Reservoir. I have reviewed their operation records in detail in conjunction with the litigation following hurricane Floyd. I presented testimony in Rockland County Supreme Court in 1959 in favor of a successful plaintiff suing Spring Valley Water Co. for drying up his stream by over pumping of a near-by well.
The proposed Haverstraw Water Supply Project is an outgrowth of two orders issued by the Public Service Commission on 12/14/06 and 7/20/10. The orders require that United Water:
a. increase the average water supply for Rockland County by 1.5 MGD
b. increase the peak supply by a total of 7.1 MGD
c. provide additional water supply for Rockland County beyond 2015
I am amazed that the Haverstraw Water Supply Project (HWSP) with its projected cost of $140,000,000 to $180,000,000 has progressed to this stage. That is a lot of money for a relatively small (5% +/-) increase in water supply to Rockland County.
Haverstraw Water Supply Project March 12, 2012
The reclamation of brackish water from the Hudson River in Haverstraw at elevation 4 feet. or 5 feet, via the energy intensive reverse osmosis process, together with:
an expensive off-shore intake structure
an environmentally offensive 900 ft. long intake connecting conduit
the need to lift the treated (not purified as stated in the applicant’s description) water 200+/- feet for distribution
is neither necessary nor desirable given the availability of more than 10 MGD of treated effluent from the Rockland County waste water treatment facility in Sparkill. It is easier to treat waste water for reuse than to remove the chlorides from brackish (salt) water. Furthermore, the raw water supply would be available at a much higher energy gradient therefore reducing the power required for delivery.
Drawing up to a maximum of 10MGD of treated effluent from the Rockland County waste water disposal plant for tertiary treatment via an activated carbon filter plant with disinfection and discharge through approximately 18,500 ft of 24 inch diameter ductile iron force main to Lake Tappan would provide enough supplemental supply for the Oradell Water treatment plant at Oradell reservoir to meet the future needs of New Jersey residents (customers). Furthermore, dilution in Lake Tappan will reduce the residual chloride concentration in the treated effluent.
Supplemental water supply to Lake Tappan makes it possible to reduce the downstream discharge in like amount from Lake Deforest which in turn can supply the Rockland County population (customers) via the water treatment plant at Lake Deforest.
It is my opinion that this alternative can be implemented at a much lower capital expenditure and operation cost than the subject Haverstraw Tax Relief Project.
William J. Stein, P.E.