Suffolk County Water Authority contractors have completed a project to replace nearly 3,600 feet of old, undersized cast iron water main in Montauk with new durable ductile iron main, improving the neighborhood’s distribution network and ensuring proper fire protection for area residents.
The existing six-inch and eight-inch cast iron main, acquired from the old Montauk Water Company, has been replaced with eight-inch and 12-inch ductile iron, which is more resistant to breaks and has a lifespan of approximately 100 years. The project also includes the replacement and relocation of several fire hydrants to improve fire flows in the event of an emergency.
“This work is part of a larger multi-year plan to improve the distribution infrastructure in Montauk,” said SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Brendan Warner. “Our operations team here is constantly looking at our existing system and identifying areas for improvement.”
Warner recently visited the site with East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.
“From Wainscott to Montauk, and every Hamlet in between, the Suffolk County Water Authority is ensuring East Hampton residents have access to safe and reliable drinking water,” said Supervisor Van Scoyoc. “Thank you SCWA for serving our community.”
The project replaces water main underneath Second House Road and parts of South Delrey Road, tying-in to existing 12-inch ductile iron water main on Montauk Highway. In total, the approximately 3,600 feet of water main and tie-ins totals just over $935,000.
Water service to customers on the above streets was not interrupted, even while this work was in progress. All service lines connected to the existing water main have been transferred over to the new water main one at a time in order to minimize the impact to SCWA customers.
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.
Photo Caption: SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Brendan Warner (right) visits the work site at Second House Road in Montauk with East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.