The Port Washington Water District (PWWD) has commenced work on the construction site for the new Beacon Hill water tower. The new water tower will replace the existing water tower that was built in the 1930s and had reached the end of its useful life. Over the next couple of weeks, the district’s engineering and construction team will begin prepping the site for the estimated nine-month construction project. Dismantling of the existing tank is expected to begin on Sept. 5.
“We are committed to keeping the community well-informed about each step of this process,” said PWWD Chairman David Brackett. “We know this project will cause some inconveniences for those who live near the construction site, but we will do everything we can to ensure this project runs smoothly with as little disruption as possible. We are fortunate to have residents who understand the need for replacing this vital piece of infrastructure and its importance to our water supply and distribution system.”
As part of easing the burden on residents adjacent to the construction site, the district has coordinated construction schedules with the local police precinct to mitigate traffic issues during road closures and has coordinated with the Port Washington School District to ensure bus schedules will not be disrupted. In addition, residents most impacted by the construction have been provided with access to a point-of-contact, on call 24/7, who will be able to address concerns if and when presented.
“This is a major infrastructure project with a lot of moving pieces that will have varying levels of interruption to residents’ daily routines,” said PWWD Commissioner Peter Meyer. “We encourage any resident with special circumstances who is affected by either the construction or road closures to contact us so we can appropriately address their needs or concerns.”
Construction of the water tower is only permitted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekend and holiday work is strictly prohibited. Up-to-date information regarding the project will be available on the district’s website at www.pwwd.org/current-projects or through email updates. To join the district’s email list for updates and information, provide name, street address and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or concerns, call 516-767-0171.