Sharon Kleyne Shares Wards Island Sewage Dump’s 33rd Anniversary

Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Celebrates Historic Moment in Pollution Clean-up. Radio Host Sharon Kleyne Remembers Wards Island Sewage Crisis.

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

“On January 4th,” Sharon Kleyne said, “a new valve burst at the Wards Island sewage treatment plant. The consequence of that equipment failure was 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 most remembers. She took away other valuable lessons that are more relevant than ever today. “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. It could have been so much worse than it was, ultimately.”

Sharon Kleyne, who has earned an 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 and earth’s water vapor, is keenly aware of the need for advanced research and the development of new technology in water science. “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 loves to do, Kleyne encouraged people to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle and visit for more information about how to do just that.

Returning to the historical crisis at Wards Island, Sharon Kleyne offered as a stellar example of cooperation under duress the amazing work of the Wards Island first responders. She remembered the eye-witness account of Fred DiSisto, a twenty-year plant operating engineer. “Staff operated out of the kitchen,” DiSisto reported. “It kind of turned into a holiday atmosphere,” he continued. “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 sewage into area homes.

“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 co-creatively 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.”