United Water announced it is conducting
a safety training and emergency response drill along with the
Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services at the Lake DeForest
Water Treatment Plant on Old Mill Road in West Nyack later today.
Local emergency services personnel, vehicles and equipment will respond to the plant as if an actual emergency has occurred.
“This is just a drill and the public should not be alarmed by the activity which is taking place," said United Water spokeswoman Deb Rizzi.
She said the drill will simulate a confined space rescue and take place in a small, underground area which houses equipment used as part of the water purification process. The treatment plant will continue operating while the drill is in progress.
The exercise is part of United Water's ongoing training program conducted with county and local emergency services agencies. The training program enables the utility and emergency services to evaluate the response procedures and effects on the safety of employees, neighbors, customers, rescue personnel and water supply.
Orange & Rockland held a similar type of drill with emergency responders last week on Route 304 near the New Jersey state line. It was focused around the area of the O&R substation in Montvale, NJ.
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