Our Vice President for Woodside, who lives on 72nd Street between 51st and Calamus Avenues, said he usually changes his water filters about once a month. I am attaching a photo of the filter he removed after only two weeks.
I then received an email from someone who lives on 72nd Street between 53rd and Grand Avenues - closer to Grand Avenue. She was also expressed concern about the brown water. I am attaching photos of the water bottle showing sediment lying on the bottom and what it looked like after the bottle was shaken.
Council Member Crowley attended Monday's meeting and saw the filter. She stated she was going to notify the Health Department, Department of Environmental Protection and DDC (Department of Design & Construction) since they are in charge of the Calamus Avenue sewer project. I just spoke with her Deputy Chief-of-Staff and told her that it was very coincidental that both residents live on 72nd Street. One lives at the top of the hill and the other lives at the bottom. I was assured that this "coincidence" would be brought to the attention of the agencies.
At this point it's not known whether or not this water issue is in any way connected to the Calamus Avenue project. Until the agencies investigate and find the source of the problem, I suggest everyone be vigilant and check your water for sediment. I don't use bottled water. I put water in a large jug in my refrigerator and if there is any sediment it falls to the bottom. I rarely, if ever, find any. If you find a lot of sediment, call 311 and Council Member Crowley's office at (718) 366-3900 with the complaint number.
We will pass along updates as soon as we get them.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association