Utility proposes to purify Hudson River water

United Water representatives were in Rockland County yesterday discussing plans to set up a new water treatment plant and provide customers with Hudson River water for drinking.

The AARP invited United Water to explain the proposal at a public forum held in West Nyack yesterday afternoon.

United Water representatives say the population in Rockland County has increased by 15 percent since 1980 and that the new filtration plant would help meet the growing demand for clean water. They also say building the new plant, which could cost up to $116 million, would be more cost-effective than building a new reservoir.

If the water filtration facility is built, it would not be operational until 2015.

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