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October 1, 1997

Contact: Geoffrey Ryan (718/595-5371)

New York City and Mount Pleasant Cooperate
on Repair of Sewer Lines in Kensico Watershed

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Town of Mount Pleasant Supervisor Robert F. Meehan announced today that the City and Town are cooperating on the repair of sewer lines in the Kensico Reservoir watershed area of Mount Pleasant. DEP's staff and contractors have inspected 55,000 feet of sewer lines and discovered 36 sections which need repair. Under the terms of an Intermunicipal Agreement, the Town of Mount Pleasant will implement the repairs, and DEP will reimburse the Town. Total cost of the project is expected to be $212,000.

Commissioner Miele said, "As much as 90% of the City's water flows through the Kensico Reservoir, so it is critical that we keep that water as pure as possible. Ensuring that sewer lines do not leak into the watershed is an important part of our Kensico Watershed Protection Program. This cooperative arrangement with the Town of Mount Pleasant exemplifies the kinds of partnership programs we are developing across the watershed."

Repairs may involve simple grouting of some sections of sewer line and relining or replacing others, as well as waterproofing the interior of defective manholes. The project will continue through the summer and be completed in early fall.

Supervisor Meehan said, "Protection of the Kensico Reservoir watershed is essential and will be given the highest priority. Cooperation on this project provides benefits for both Mount Pleasant and New York City."


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