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Port Washington may soon have a 41 acre 327 unit senior housing residential development north of the Mill Pond and east of Shore Rd. if a proposal before the Board of Port Washington North is accepted. One result would be the adverse effect on our drinking water supply.

Our sole water supply is entirely under the Port Washington-Manhasset peninsula (unlike New York City) and is surrounded on three sides by Manhasset Bay, Long Island Sound and Hempstead Harbor. The expanding population has for several years necessitated excessive pumping of our fresh water wells, and salt water has seeped into and contaminated them (salt water intrusion), making necessary the closure of some wells, and at one time tapping into the wells of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District which, with its higher location has more and better water.

The developer-applicant claims that the existing commercial zoning will use more water than his proposed residential housing. The reverse is more likely, with showers, bathtubs, dish and clothes washers, car washings and many stay-at-home seniors in 327 using water around the clock.

No one of us is against senior housing and it is needed, but the impact on our drinking water has not been adequately addressed. It may be the final blow to the Port Washington water supply, unless all of us make known (preferably by mail, E-mail, or fax) our opposition, to the Village of Port Washington North at One Soundview Drive, Port Washington 11050 or phone 883-5900.

Dr. Joseph R. Valinoti

(Ed.'s Note- According to the PW Water District Commissioners, the district is actively involved in monitoring salt water instrusion. Currently, the commissioners have no clear indication that salt water intrusion is a problem for the district. Additionally, no wells have been closed due to salt water intrusion.)


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