BY JON CRONIN
Members of a Maspeth and Elmhurst civic group said that they are seriously concerned about the color of their water and suspect that it may be due to a Calamus Avenue sewer project.
The Communities Of Maspeth Elmhurst Together (COMET) Civic recently posted on its webpage photos of recently installed sediment-laden water filters and jars of water that are clearly brown with sediment floating in them.
Roe Daraio, president of the COMET Civic Association, wrote on the group’s website that she had been in touch with the association’s vice president for Woodside, who lives on 72nd Street between 51st and Calamus avenues. She reported that he had been forced to change his water filter after two weeks, although he typically changes it after four weeks.
Daraio also said that she received an email from a resident of 72nd Street between 53rd and Grand avenues who was concerned about her brown water and sent Daraio photos.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) attended COMET’s recent meeting and was asked to get in touch with the city Department of Environmental Protection.
Last week, Crowley wrote a letter to DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza, Department of Design and Construction, Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora and state Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Crowley noted in the letter that residents have been complaining about sediment in their drinking water and she has noticed “non-standard rubber water lines being used in trenches.” She asked the DEP to look into the matter and test the water quality.
Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5 said he had been in touch with the DEP and the city agency reported that they received two complaints with regard to brown water in two separate homes in the area of new water main. One is near Calamus Avenue and the other closer to Grand Avenue. Giordano said the DEP sent their Water quality unit, Water Distribution Unit, and Water Maintenance Units to investigate the cause.
A DEP spokesman confirmed that those crews “are investigating the water delivery system in the area to ensure it is operating properly and if necessary will flush hydrants to clear the system.”
Here is a link to the DEP’s explanations of why brown water sometimes appears in the NYC water supply.
Reach Jon Cronin at 718-357-7400 x125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JonathanSCronin.