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Ridgewood Water PFAS remediation plan slowed due to lack of water conservation ordinances in Glen Rock, Midland Park, & Wyckoff

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Mayor Paul Vagianos recently revealed that despite efforts on the part of Ridgewood’s governing body, officials in two of the other three municipalities served by Ridgewood Water are steadfastly against the adoption of water conservation ordinances similar to those the Village of Ridgewood has in place.

Midland Park Borough and Wyckoff Township officials have said they do not want to force their residents to cut back on use of lawn irrigation systems. This despite the fact that they know an overall reduction in water consumption/usage would enable Ridgewood Water to speed up the installation of PFAS remediation equipment at its water treatment facilities and wells.

According to Vagianos, Glen Rock Borough officials have agreed to adopt a water conservation ordinance. However, they have not done so as of this writing.

The bottom line here folks is that Ridgewood residents are being forced to conserve water and remain at risk to PFAS exposure because our Village Council has been ineffective in obtaining the cooperation of Ridgewood Water’s other customers.

Anyone know of a good lawyer? Apparently, Ridgewood Water doesn’t have one.

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21 thoughts on “Ridgewood Water PFAS remediation plan slowed due to lack of water conservation ordinances in Glen Rock, Midland Park, & Wyckoff

  1. Such Obvious BS.

    RW water (and all of the leadership, INDIVIDUALLY) should be sued out of existence for such extreme gross negligence and disregard of residents’ lives.

    1. What gross negligence? Are you blaming them for the contaminants? Or for the lack of infrastructure that has lead to water use restrictions?

      Blame the polluters for the contaminants; believe it or not, R’wood is ahead of the curve on PFOA/PFOS reduction and they’ve garnered a fair share of grants and low-cost loans. They are doing a good job against a newly identified and regulated class of contaminants.

      The watering restrictions you can blame on your West Side neighbors who, years ago, would not agree to higher water storage tanks that would have significantly increased capacity. R’wood water does not have enough storage capacity to address potential needs at high demand times/emergencies without restrictions.

      1. its been over 20 years ……

        1. You should probably look that up James. PFAS is still in use (your cheeseburger wrapper probably contained it) and EPA hasn’t even promulgated regulations on this class of contaminants yet. Guidance – yes, regulations – no. Still sorting it out. Current EPA/NJDEP guidance is orders of magnitude conservative with respect to cancer risk.

      2. West sider here who fought the tank, they still put it in. And they lied about the size ( it is over 30 feet tall) as they did it, and the guy who lied ended up in prison after he kept lying at his next job. So go find something else to complain about

        1. RW needed to replace the larger old deteriorated tank, the west side neighborhood fought about the large size replacement, the town caved in to the west sider demands, (money -high tax payers) and thus the current smaller tank replacement was installed.
          It was well known at the time, that it wouldn’t be enough storage capacity to meet the needs for the town and east side.

          Thanks alot to you west siders complainers so concerned about the original height it should have been twice the size it is now, that there isn’t enough water capacity for the towns eastside low water pressure zones including Valley Hospital. And you’re STILL complaining!?

          1. thank the west siders who pay significantly more taxes than you east siders do. thank us for subsidizing you who got cheap money and a big mortage… stay in lodi

          2. That tank doesn’t service east side.. try again. It delivers PRESSURE in the system and mostly to Glen Rock. Do you know how any of this works? You keep telling on yourself.

        2. Storage tank at Valley View Ave. location Heights Rd. looks aesthetic, hidden with shrubbery, landscaping, fencing. Google maps street view.

        3. It’s a lot lower in height than it needed to be. The one on Park Slope, I am pretty sure. Low and squat. West Side neighbors would not budge an inch. Screw everyone So stop bitching about the water restrictions for your oversized lawns.

  2. Why would any other town want to cooperate with Ridgewood?

    1. Id suggest that Ridgewood water sell the many properties in the other town to developers willing to cram 500 units of affordable housing there.
      So they can water their lawns all they want… and watch their property taxes to go up and build schools for all the new residents with children, many from inner cities so the ESL expenses will be massive.
      So message to a-holes in Wyckoff midland park and glen rock… keep giving us that big middle finger and your towns will have a massive influx of ‘affordable housing’.

  3. The overriding issue remains that it is NOT the place of a municipal government to own/run a water utility, and I for one do not blame neighboring towns at all. It is time to sell the utility like Allendale did. They netted $18Million and smartly, got OUT of the water business. The existing utility or the hopeful buyer should then arrange with a surface water utility to source additional water to blend with the existing well supply. The resulting SOFTER water will save homeowners additional MILLIONS in repairs, and permit us to water our lawns without this decades-old ‘conservation’ nonsense. Time to start looking for things to NOT spend money on, and a water utility is a great place to start.

    1. RW already does blend, has connections with surface water utilities.

      1. Then why restrictions? They claim a supply issue. Perhaps they need to open the valves?

        1. previous article: “Ridgewood Water purchases water from Veolia, and has established and activated a new interconnection with Passaic Valley Water Commission for additional water supply.”
          Wonder how much additional water supply is pumped in, purchased? and is it if only as needed for backup emergencies ?

    2. Allendale wasn’t running their water company – it was already being run by Veolia/Suez. They just sold the infrastructure.

      1. ??? Then sell the infrastructure AND the utility.

    3. The surface waster must be treated with 4x-10z more chlorine than groundwater. Calculate that into your appraisal of blended water. Not so good, is it?

      1. I neve did a ‘calculation’ but I assure you the addition of chlorine would not change it very much, if at all. The blended water coming from a suggested surface utility is already chlorinated, no? Just sell the thing and get out of the business. What is there to think about?

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