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November 13, 2015

Editorial

H2Ok?

Scarsdale residents received a notice in their water bills last week with “Important Information About Your Drinking Water.” Westchester County Water District No. 1, which includes Scarsdale, Mount Vernon, White Plains and Yonkers, is in violation of federal drinking water requirements. United States Environmental Protection Agency requires water districts to send out these “violation” notices if they have not upgraded their treatment protocols to include ultraviolet treatment.

In a letter the Village of Scarsdale let residents know that water quality “has not declined below the standard that water customers have enjoyed for decades,” but improved protocols include ultraviolet treatment and addressing organisms such as cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes diarrhea.

Westchester County has implemented a cryptosporidium action plan, which includes weekly monitoring of water from the Kensico Reservoir. Results can be found at westchestergov.com. Select departments, then environmental facilities, then county water district 1.

The Village of Scarsdale noted that routine testing has not detected cryptosporidium “exceedance” in Scarsdale drinking water.

Water District 1 is currently building two ultraviolet treatment plants in White Plains on the 48-inch pipe from the Kensico Reservoir serving the village, according to Mayor Jonathan Mark’s Oct. 15 state of the village report. The estimated cost of the two plants is $10 million. One will be located at the Orchard Street Pumping Station and is scheduled to be completed by May 15, 2017. The other plant will be located at the Central Avenue Pumping Station and is scheduled to be completed by March 15, 2018.

The mayor said that if in the future full filtration of the water supply system is required, a treatment plant on New York City Water Board property in Valhalla would be built, replacing the two ultraviolet plants. If this project, estimated at $100 million goes forward, it would be funded by the County Water District Tax, which is allocated among Scarsdale, White Plains, Mount Vernon and Yonkers residents and will not be part of the Scarsdale water or tax bills.

A copy of the USEPA Tier 2 violation notice is available at scarsdale.com.

In the meantime, let’s raise a glass of tasty Scarsdale water to 2018 and USEPA compliance — but only if you are not elderly, pregnant or have a severely compromised immune system. In which case you should drink bottled water.


Checking out the library renovation

Hurricane Sandy revealed what an asset the Scarsdale Library is to the community when the building became a haven for those without electricity. It’s a gathering place, a nexus of information, the hub and heart of the village. Residents of all ages use the facility for an increasing number of programs and services.

The building nestles perfectly in its sylvan setting and ideally meshes with the “village in a park” character of Scarsdale. Some might say leave it as it is. But as library services have changed and expanded, so has the need for a renovated, updated infrastructure to accommodate the 21st century library user. The Scarsdale Library Board presented a plan for renovating and enlarging the library to the village trustees. With no vertical building, the plan calls for major reconfiguration of the existing interior, the addition of an L-shaped reading room around two sides of the existing building, other modifications, and Wi-Fi and technology upgrades.

The renovation, “driven by need,” would “bring the light in,” and open up the natural vistas for library patrons, library board president Terri Simon told the Inquirer in July.

The concept has been to raise money through a public/private partnership. The cost has gone up from the estimates presented two years ago. It was then estimated at $12 million. The current estimate is $18.5 million for the renovation, plus another $1 million for the cost of temporary library space during construction. The library board hopes to raise $7.5 million from private donors. The village would issue bonds to cover $12 million. What if private funding falls short and the village must bear more of the financing? The challenge to the village is to assess community interest in bearing the tax burden.

The library is revealing the renovation plans at a “Books, Bites and Blueprints” party Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the library with refreshments and music. While we question the $50 ticket price at what has not been clearly identified as a fundraising event (the online registration form notes that $25 is tax deductible “thanks to the support of our sponors,” we encourage residents to weigh in. Residents may look at the plans for free when they will be on display after Dec. 3.

The village board wants to hear residents’ views on the proposed library plans. They may comment in person during the public comments portion of the meetings or send an email to clerk@scarsdale.com.



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