From the Times Ledger:
The city Department of Environmental Protection is looking for engineers and designers to find a way to tap into the groundwater under southeast Queens as it deals with fixing a problem with one of its upstate aqueducts, but an elected official in the neighborhood wants the agency to get to work fast.
The agency issued a request for proposals last week to develop designs as part of its Water for the Future Program. DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland said he has issued the RFP to 34 pre-qualified groups that will be in the running to conduct construction, reconstruction and improvements to the groundwater pumping systems in areas such as St. Albans and Jamaica, which have not been in operation for 15 years.
Those water systems will be needed in the near future as the DEP prepares to make repairs to one of its most-active aqueducts that brings water from upstate reservoirs.