Sharon Kleyne Recalls 33rd Anniversary of Wards Island Sewage Dump

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Radio Host Sharon Kleyne Reminds Listeners of Water Crisis. Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Takes to Air to Celebrate Wards Island Anniversary.

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Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading water researcher, advocate and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice America, well remembers the week-long water crisis that ended at Wards Island on January 10th, 1983.

“Six days earlier,” Sharon Kleyne told her listening audience, “a new valve burst at the Wards Island sewage treatment plant that resulted in the discharge of 300 million gallons of raw sewage a day into the Hudson, Harlem and East Rivers.” Kleyne revealed that the cost to repair the plant exceeded $330,000, but it was not the accident or the cost that Kleyne wanted her audience to remember. “As we struggle to get politicians and business leaders to commit to making water the number one infrastructure priority in the world,” Kleyne said, “I would like everyone to reflect on the successful collaboration that solved the Wards Island crisis, which could have been so much worse than it was, ultimately.”

Sharon Kleyne, who has earned her international reputation as the global expert on dehydration of earth’s fresh water and dehydration of the eyes and skin as a result of the excessive evaporation of the body’s water vapor, is keenly aware of the need in research and the development of new technology of teamwork—co-creative collaboration. “From the moment we leave our mother’s water-womb and are born,” Kleyne said, “we begin to evaporate, or dry out, a process that continues until we die. In order to sustain excellent health and prolong life,” Kleyne continued, “one must supplement eyes and skin with pH balanced, pure water on a daily basis. This must be done to replenish the evaporating water vapor.” Kleyne is constantly educating people about the current global water crisis and the health dangers associated with dehydration due to excess evaporation of the earth’s water vapor. As she always does, Kleyne encouraged people to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle and visit for more information.

At the same time, she offered as a stellar example of cooperation under duress the amazing work of the Wards Island first responders. According to Fred DiSisto, a twenty-year plant operating engineer, staff “operated out of the kitchen. It kind of turned into a holiday atmosphere, everybody was all pumped up. It broke the routine.” Other workers estimated that more than 50 pounds of coffee were consumed in that kitchen during the last four days of the crisis; staff slept there, too, and worked twelve-hour shifts. Officials had pointed out that sewage had to be released into the rivers from 52 regulators in Manhattan and 36 regulators in the Bronx in order to avoid a backup at the plant, which would have led to the flooding of homes with sewage.

“In other words,” Sharon Kleyne pointed out, “a major health crisis, which would have resulted in thousands of deaths, was avoided because workers and technicians came together to solve the problem and did not rest until they were successful.” Kleyne insisted that this is exactly the kind of cooperation and selflessness that is required today to ensure that healthy drinking water is available for everyone. “Clean water equals health,” said Kleyne, “and new water research and technology require inspired cooperation.”

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