By Desirée Taylor
Three reservoirs at Garret Mountain Park may be drained and replaced with water storage tanks under a plan being considered by the Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC), a regional public utility. PVWC officials say the tanks will protect the water from contaminants and help the utility comply with federal water regulations.
PVWC officials claim the tanks won’t be towering obtrusive structures. But critics are still concerned. “When we first heard about it we weren’t happy,” said Chris Takacs, from the group Friends of Garret Mountain. He believes the tanks will be eyesores and adversely impact property values. And he says Garret Mountain is an important stop for migratory birds. But PVWC officials say the project will be designed to fit into the environment.
The project will be done in three phases at the Levine, New Street and Great Notch reservoirs. Construction is still several years away. The PVWC’s 600,000 customers in North Jersey will likely face small increases in their water bills to help pay for the $100 million project.