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Oyster Bay plans $14.3M bond for water plant upgrades

Oyster Bay Town officials said Tuesday they plan to approve a $14.3-million bond issue for upgrades to the Plainview Water District.

Starting in 2012, water bills for Plainview and Old Bethpage residents would increase between about $20 and $26 a year for a home valued at $500,000, said James Neri, an engineer for the water district. In 2011, water bills would increase by a smaller, unspecified amount.

The bond is intended to pay for improvements at several of the district's seven water plants. The work would include installation of nitrate-monitoring equipment at one plant, refurbishing booster pumps at another and the addition of a second well at a third.

Those fixes will allow the district to refurbish Plant 5, which produces almost 30 percent of the district's water supply and hasn't been upgraded since the 1960s, said Mike Ingham, the water district's general counsel. The plant will also get a rehabilitated ground storage tank.

Another smaller plant will be renovated as well, and two plants will get new backup generators. An elevated tank in another plant will receive painting and structural repairs.

The town board could vote on the bonds as early as next month. "We will do what needs to be done," Town Supervisor John Venditto said.

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