New York, United States – A man walks past a sign for the Purify Water Purification plant on a street in New York.
Purify, a U.S. company, is making an expansion in the New York borough of Queens and is planning to build a new $1 billion purification plant in the borough.
Purify plans to hire more than 30,000 people, hire 500 employees and invest $1.5 billion in its New York operation.
Purified water is used to treat water for drinking and heating.
The company has been in business since 2010, and its purification technology has been used in some of the largest purification plants in the world.
Purify’s expansion will create more than 500 permanent jobs, and the company said it would invest another $250 million in its Queens operations.
Purification is expected to bring $3 billion in annual economic impact to the area, the company’s website said.
Purifying water is a byproduct of the coal industry, which produces coal for heating, power generation, and fuel for vehicles and other industrial applications.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running for president, said on Monday that he will support the company in expanding its operations.
“This is the first expansion that we have made in New Jersey in many years, and we will continue to work with the mayor and with our partners to ensure that Purify’s purification efforts can bring economic prosperity to New York,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.
De Blasio said on Twitter on Monday he would continue to be “vigilant” in monitoring the project.
He said the company will also continue to “work closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and our partners on their environmental review and approvals.”
The New York State Department of Public Works and Environmental Protection said it was monitoring the plant.
A spokesman said on Tuesday the company has “no plans to move forward with expansion of the purification facility.”
The mayor said the plant will bring jobs and income to the borough, and he added that New Yorkers who depend on Purify to make their water clean will be “very proud of what we are doing.”