When is a Water Tower Not A Water Tower? When Hempstead Town, New York American Water and Neighbors Come Together with a Creative Solution to Low Water Pressure

There was free water all around and plenty of it today when Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, New York American Water President William Varley, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilman Gary Hudes and neighbors of the Wantagh and Seaford communities joined together to break-ground on a new innovative solution to low water-pressure issues in the area.

The event culminated a team effort that resulted in the engineering of a state-of-the-art pumping station at New York American Water’s Demott Avenue property in Wantagh. Back in 2011, there was community opposition to the previous water operator’s plan, to erect a 150-foot water tower.

Murray, Cullin and Hudes asked the current water provider, New York American Water, to develop less intrusive alternatives to a water tower in the densely populated residential community. New York American Water, the current owner of the Demott Avenue property, responded immediately. Murray, Cullin, Hudes and Varley worked with residents to devise a better solution to low water pressure issues in the community.  

“Water is essential to life, and is why we came together as a team of concerned stakeholders to form a cutting edge solution to low water pressure in the Wantagh and Seaford communities,” Murray said. “I want to personally thank New York American Water President William Varley, a friend to our neighbors. I also thank Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilman Gary Hudes and Wantagh and Seaford neighbors for their tireless work to develop a neighborhood friendly remedy.”

In lieu of constructing an elevated storage tank, as was previously proposed, New York American Water, in coordination with local officials, is currently installing a new well pumping system in Wantagh. This innovative system, which includes a new well, piping and pumps, will increase pressure for residents and enhance flows for fire protection during critical high-demand usage periods. This fast-track solution will also be atheistically pleasing to residents.

"This is another example of New York American Water's commitment to investing in essential infrastructure and providing innovative solutions to meet our customer needs," said William Varley, President. “This system will not only incorporate state-of-the-art technology, but it will increase the system's efficiency in meeting demand during critical peak usage periods."

The pumping system is housed within two small, one-story structures, in contrast to the previously proposed 150-foot-tall water tower. 

“A water tower was simply not the answer for this residential neighborhood,” Cullin stated. “I am proud of the efforts of our local officials and neighbors to come up with a better solution to the problem.” “I commend neighbors for conveying their concerns, and working with Town and New York American Water officials to resolve this issue,” Hudes added. “They will certainly be pleased with the outcome.”

“This state-of-the-art pumping station will be a good example of a public-private partnership at work here in Hempstead Town,” concluded Murray. “Our town is committed to working with New York American Water to ensure that high-quality water, and the lines of communication with neighbors, continue to flow here in the Wantagh and Seaford communities.”