The Old Water Tower Is Coming Down

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The dismantling of the old Manhasset-Lakeville water tower, situated in the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park, is in progress. The dismantling, which began at the beginning of March, is clearly visible against the skyline. Workmen have been cutting pieces of the old unit and are slowly removing the outdated structure. The new tower is painted and fully functioning.

The original elevated water tank was installed in 1929 and according to the water district, came to the end of its economic life and replacement began in 2014. The new water tower holds 750,000 gallons of water, which is far greater that the original tanks capacity of 500,000. The additional capacity is critical considering the amount of residential development that has happened in Manhasset and North Hills since 1929.

The M-L Water District maintains four water storage tanks with a total volume of 5.5 million gallons. Two ground tanks hold a combined 4-million gallons while two elevated tanks hold a combined 1.5-million gallons. The district serves about 45,000 customers over a 10.2-square mile area.

There are approximately a dozen homes that abut the Munsey Park elevated tank site. The Incorporated Village of Munsey Park is still in litigation over the project. According to the village, the last appeal was argued March 16 in Appellate Division 2 Department, 45 Monroe Pl. in Brooklyn. No word on the outcome.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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