Monday, April 26, 2010

Drinking Water Coming To Governors Island


Kai SimonsenH 2 WOE: The city is launching a $4.5 million project to route drinking water to Governors Island.

There's water, water everywhere you look out from scenic Governors Island -- just not a drop to drink when you get there.

And that's a drought the Bloomberg administration hopes to end soon, since it wants to turn the former military base into a world-class tourist destination.

Officials overseeing the 172-acre, long-dormant jewel in New York Harbor say they're planning to launch a $4.5 million project they hope will provide the island with its own drinkable-water system, according to the New York Post.

The goal, they said, is to reline and restore a water main, running under the Buttermilk Channel from Brooklyn, that hasn't been used since the 1950s. A yet-to-be-chosen infrastructure contractor would use divers for the job.

Robert Pirani, executive director of the civic group Governors Island Alliance, said the project was crucial to the island's realizing its full potential and praised the mayor for stepping up.

"Like any other part of the city, you should be able to get free drinking water on Governors Island," he said.

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New York Post -   April 26,  2010 - By Rich Calder

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