February 24, 2022 09:00 AM

Suffolk County Water Authority contractors are completing a project to replace more than 3,500 feet worth of old, undersized water main in Central Islip, improving the neighborhood’s distribution network and ensuring proper fire protection for area residents.

The main replacement was planned in coordination with a Suffolk County Department of Public Works sewer project, in order to minimize the impact to residents.

“When municipalities dig up the road for one reason or another, it’s beneficial for SCWA to coordinate our capital improvements with them,” said SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Brendan Warner. “This way we won’t have to disturb the same road in the future just for our water main. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

The project, expected to be completed by mid-march, replaces old cast iron water main with new ductile iron water main that is more reliable and resistant to breaks. The Central Islip improvements are part of SCWA’s system-wide infrastructure improvement plan. SCWA is responsible for maintaining more than 6,000 miles of water main across its service territory. On Friday, Warner visited the site of the construction along with Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzalez.

“I was very pleased to see the Suffolk County Water Authority and its crew working to replace all the old piping and making sure the residents of Central Islip had good, clean water to drink,” said Legislator Gonzalez. “It also assures that our fire fighters have good water pressure to combat fires.”

The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.

Caption info: (Left to right): SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Brendan Warner, Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzalez, and SCWA Pipeline Inspector Anthony D’Angelo review plans for the Central Islip improvements.

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