“The state Public Service Commission on Thursday directed Suez, formerly known as United Water New York, to abandon the controversial Haverstraw desalination project. The commission also approved Suez’s plan to avoid the need to draw water from the Hudson River by improving conservation, controlling leaks and finding alternative water sources. In 2006, the commission ordered United Water to come up with another long-term water source to address future needs. In response, the company unveiled the Hudson River water treatment plant project. The project soon became a focus of controversy, as opponents questioned whether alternatives had truly been explored. United Water provides drinking water to most homes and businesses in Rockland. The Rockland Water Coalition, a partnership of area environmental and civic groups, petitioned the commission to block the plan, asserting that the county’s water needs were nowhere near as dire as United Water portrayed. In November 2014, the state agency put a freeze on the project, ruling that there was no need for another water source.Thursday’s ruling officially ended the project.” Read the complete story here.
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