DDC Not Alerting Neighbors to Water Shutoffs for Rivington Street Work, Neighbors Say
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The Department of Design and Construction is now seven months into its latest infrastructural project on the Lower East Side. This capital works job (#MED625) singled out several areas of concern for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.” Three of said locales reside within the confines of Community Board 3. The largest swath of street to be affected is the Bowery between Canal and East 4th. Below is a map illustrating the forthcoming work.
As a consequence of the ongoing roadwork, residents in nearby buildings are forced to endure near-daily water service interruptions. For instance, down on the fringe of Rivington Street, where construction has been creeping westward from Pitt since last summer. A concerned reader emailed us the following about the lack of announcements regarding shutdowns. How the communication basically stopped after September.
Residents on Rivington Street are not being notified about the water shutdowns. There needs to be accountability from the city for this. They have been called and sent complaints via 311 and they are still not giving notification. The person I spoke to said they let the building supers know and posted notices but I live and work on Rivington and that is not true. This construction has only just begun, starting at Pitt now approaching Clinton. With elders and others in the community needing access to water accountable notification is essential.
There is still no timetable for project completion, so this will probably worsen before improving.