NY Water Iron-Removal Plant Now Operational

MERRICK, NY — New York American Water’s newly-constructed Portable Iron-Removal Treatment Plant Number Two, located on Chautauqua Avenue in Lakeview, NY is fully-operational. The new plant, which provides 2 million gallons of water daily to more than 3,000 homes in the Lakeview area, is equipped with iron-removal treatment to combat discolored water. The iron-filtration system uses a sand and anthracite media to trap iron molecules as they pass through filter vessels.

“The more we pump the water on Long Island, the more we see greater concentrations of naturally-occurring iron in the water supply,” said New York American Water President Brian Bruce. “The amount of iron in the water throughout the Lakeview service area is below regulatory limits, making the water supply safe to drink and use. However, additional iron content can cause water discoloration, which is what this filtration system will address.”

Water discoloration can also occur when water is in high demand and moving through pipes at a faster pace, stirring up excess iron sediment that has settled in the pipes. A similar situation can occur within older residential and commercial hot water heaters and systems.

The treatment plant represents a company investment of about $1.4 million. This mobile option is the second of its kind in Nassau County, NY. Only taking three – six months to develop, the plant enabled New York American Water to quickly begin to address the high concentration of iron from Long Island’s underground water supply in less than a year.

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people.