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Navy seeks to place water filtration plant in Levittown

Abraham Levitt and his sons, Alfred and William,

Abraham Levitt and his sons, Alfred and William, built Levittown back in the 1940s for soldiers returning home from World War II. In keeping with its inception, the hamlet created a memorial for residents killed while serving their country since World War II. (Feb. 26, 2011) Credit: Newsday / T.C. McCarthy

The U.S. Navy is planning to construct a new building in Levittown for water filtering equipment aimed at improving drinking water for the surrounding area.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic is seeking a special permit from the Hempstead Town board of appeals to build a “moderate-sized” building that will hold water-filtering equipment at 670 Seamans Neck Rd. in Levittown, on land currently owned by Aqua New York, Inc.

The U.S. Navy is scheduled to appear before the appeals board for a hearing regarding the proposal at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The proposal was declared to have zero-to-minimal negative effect in an environmental impact study, town officials said.

The U.S. Navy is also considering the installation of two temporary water filters before construction of a permanent building. The project would be undertaken for the benefit of the water company to help remove contaminants and ensure “high quality-drinking water for the surrounding area,” town officials said in a letter to residents.

Although the federal government is not subject to local zoning regulations,  Navy representatives are to appear before the appeals board to inform the public about the planned project, town officials said.

Above: Levittown Veterans Memorial Park

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