Newsday, July 6, 2016 by John Asbury
Nassau County and Hempstead Village officials are building a $22 million sewage pump system to divert stormwater and sewer overflow from Hempstead, Baldwin and East Meadow.
The pump station system will carry sewage overflow to Nassau County’s Cedar Creek Water Pollutant Control Plant in Wantagh and is designed to reduce flooding along Barnes Avenue, where several homes in Baldwin flooded after superstorm Sandy. Several residents sued the county for flooding damage after the 2012 storm.
Work began last month when crews began digging to locate utilities and it is scheduled to be completed next year. The system is designed to handle 12 million gallons per day.
County officials said the new flow diversion pump station will transfer about half of Hempstead’s wastewater east to a connection point where it will be diverted to the county plant in Wantagh.
The new pump station is being built on a 5,000-square-foot, county-owned parcel and will include a 3-mile-long main pipe at Ingraham Street that runs along Jerusalem Avenue and Front Street in Hempstead and will run under Meadowbrook Parkway.
Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall said the pump system is vital for the village’s aging infrastructure and to accommodate hundreds of new residents with the planned $2 billion Hempstead downtown revitalization project with Plainview- based developer Renaissance Downtowns.
Improvements are also planned for the village’s Newman Court pump station, but the village would maintain its Weekes Avenue pump station.