Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00
The Village of Mineola’s Department of Public Works issued its Storm Water Phase II report on May 19. The village completed the first permit phase on March 9 and recently began the second five-year phase.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requires the state to rid storm water of pollutants, oils, herbicides, pesticides and any harmful materials that could seep in to the drinking water of a given community. The report highlights what the village has done to combat harmful materials in the water.
The DEC requires a report to be submitted for public viewing. The report is available at Village Hall on Washington Avenue and at the Mineola Library. According to the report, the village has cleaned over 125 catch basins in the area over the last year to combat pollution. The village also repaired nine other catch basins that were damaged due to inclement weather.
“Every year, we spend about a month going through and cleaning our catch basins to make sure that all of our water flow is clean and unrestricted,” said Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini. “We also repaired nine catch basins throughout the village this past year. We also completed the installation of 155 storm drain markings.”
Rini cited the geographic placement of Mineola in the middle of Nassau County as a hindrance on storm water draining because villages to the north and south are closer to the oceans and streams where water runs off quite easily. However, the village has implemented tactics to service the storm water drains to prevent flooding, contamination, etc.
“We’re in the middle of Nassau County, we don’t have falls that go to the ocean or the streams, we do have one through Herrick’s Road but in general most of the storm drains throughout the village drains through our water,” he said. “So a lot of this is designed to protect surface waters, it also in effect protects our ground water. That’s the way we look at this.”
Some of the regulations and reporting requirements don’t necessarily apply to the village, but they’re implemented anyway to make sure the storm water is handled properly. Rini feels that water should be a top priority in any community.
“We still have to go through the motions of some of these requirements and try and do our best to make sure the water that enters our system is clean and free of pollutants,” Rini stated. “Water is a precious element that cannot be overlooked.”
The village is currently working on a project called the “Storm Sewer Shed” which maps out how the water is transported through Mineola. According to Rini, the project is 20 percent complete.
“In the first reporting phase we did a mapping system of our entire system,” he said. “Now we have to map out how the water gets into our drainage system.”
Recent reports out of Elmont show that its water has been coming out of residents’ taps colored brown, black and sometimes pure white. Residents were outraged at a public hearing last week reported in the Three Village Times, an Anton Newspaper.
In terms of Mineola’s water quality, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther said it’s the village’s job to make sure that Mineola’s water is clean and up to par. “Our primary action is to keep our drinking water as clean as possible,” he concluded.