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Letter: Don't send treated sewage to the ocean

Is this the best we can do? Simply sending Nassau County's pollution from Point A (the western bays) to Point B (the ocean) as an out-of-sight, out-of-mind engineered project costing millions ["Grab millions for ocean pipe," Editorial, June 10]?

An upgraded nitrogen removal system at our sewer plant will not be good enough for the bays, but it's OK for the ocean?

Shame on our officials for not thinking better. Why not create tertiary treatment of the wastewater to bring it to drinking-water quality? Riverhead is using its treated effluent for ornamental irrigation instead of using precious drinking water.

Corrado Vasquez, Old Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is a retired sewage plant laboratory director for Nassau County.