Hicksville Water District Cuts the Ribbon to New Treatment Facility

September 13, 2023

Plant 9 to Distribute Clean Water for Generations to Come

The Hicksville Water District (HWD) is proud to announce that it celebrated the opening of its Plant 9 Treatment Facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 9. Many of the area’s elected officials and members of local civic associations were on hand to join in the festivities, which signified the implementation of yet another tool for the District to use in removing emerging contaminants from the community’s water.

“We are tremendously proud to announce the opening of Plant 9, which will prove to be a crucial piece of our infrastructure as we remove emerging contaminants from our drinking water,” said HWD Chairman William Schuckmann. “It is one of the biggest treatment facilities in our District, making this project one of the most important we have undergone in the last several years. It was a pleasure to celebrate the opening of such a significant achievement, which was made all the better by the fact that we were joined by so many of our elected officials whose advocacy helped make this a reality. We thank them for being there with us and for their service to our community.”

Joining HWD officials at the ribbon cutting were New York State Assemblyman Jake Blumencranz; State Senator Steven Rhoads; Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips; Town of Oyster Bay Councilmembers Vicki Walsh and Steve Labriola; Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker; and Paul Ehrlich, Chief of Staff for State Senator Jack Martins.

With Plant 9 operational, the HWD now has nine different wells online. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with three Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) systems and six Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters, all of which represent the most advanced and effective water treatment technology available.

Ever since New York State started regulating emerging contaminants in our water, the HWD has been extremely proactive in installing treatment systems that ensure that residents’ drinking water remains as safe and high-quality as any water on Long Island. The payoff of these efforts has been exceptional, as the community’s drinking water has never exceeded the state’s strict standards. Despite its success, the HWD is determined to not rest on its laurels, and will continue to pursue treatment options at additional wells in its service territory that are affected by emerging contaminants.

The HWD also recently hosted a community meeting to educate residents on upcoming construction at the District’s Plant 6 treatment facility. The District is passionate about remaining transparent with its community, and thus sent out invitations to all residents who live within several blocks of the project site, as they are the ones most likely to be affected by the construction. A presentation was created to detail every aspect of the project to not only inform the community about the specifics of the work being done, but also to show the ways in which the District is working to make sure the construction has as little an impact on their daily lives as possible. This project will represent yet another step forward in the HWD’s mission to provide its community with the highest-quality drinking water possible, and the presentation detailing the process is available for viewing at www.hicksvillewater.org/hicksville-water-district-plant-6-infrastructure-improvements.

Hicksville Water District Chairman William Schuckmann, center; Commissioner Karl Schweitzer, left of center; Commissioner Nicholas Brigandi, right of center; Superintendent Paul Granger, top right; Treasurer Vincent Abbatiello, far right; and District Clerk Jennifer Sbrocco, top left; were joined by Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, front left, Chief of Staff for New York State Senator Jack Martins Paul Ehrlich, Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Steve Labriola, Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips, State Assemblyman Jake Blumencranz, State Senator Steven Rhoads and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Vicki Walsh in celebrating the opening of the District’s Plant 9 treatment facility.