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Kaplowitz: "Now is the Time to Do the Right Thing"

NEW CASTLE, NY-- Westchester Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D/Somers) met with New Castle residents at the Riverwoods Water Treatment Plant in Mount Kisco Wednesday to discuss his plans on how to implement a NYCDEP-backed plan to build a UV filtration plant.

“Now is the time to do the right thing,” said Kaplowitz. “This issue needs to be resolved. Geography is against us, but we have a responsibility to the one million New Yorkers we supply our water to.”

“The Croton River is the recipient of the clean water that comes out of the Riverwoods Water Treatment Plant and the Croton River flows down to the reservior that supplies our drinking water,” said Kaplowitz.

New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard said the environment and drinking water are protected, and the people that live at Yeshiva, Riverwoods, and Random Farms are provided with some much needed relief.

In New Caste, 293 parcels have been spending thousands of dollars to deal with a failing septic system or having to build their own systems, yet partially treated sewage continues to leach into their drinking water, which is supplied to Westchester and New York City residents.

Several members of Yeshiva and the Riverwoods community were on hand to hear what Kaplowitz had to say. Most members of the surrounding communities were on board with Kaplowitz, as they pleaded for New Castle officials to pass the petition and give them relief.

Kapowitz said there is $10 million that has been set aside for upgrading the sewage system that would be used to fund the building of the UV filtration plant, although it would not cover the total cost of the plant.

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