April 12, 2016 01:36 PM

The Suffolk County Water Authority this week put into service a brand new iron removal filter at its pump station on Easton Street, Ronkonkoma. The new filter should remove nearly all of the iron and manganese from water supplied to Ronkonkoma area residents.

The new facility went into operation on Wednesday, April 6.

Iron, which is naturally-occurring in Long Island’s aquifers, is not considered to be a health hazard, but it can stain clothing and plumbing fixtures and is aesthetically unappealing to drink. SCWA has a longstanding commitment to removing iron as needed within its service territory, having just this month celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Authority’s first fully-automated iron removal filter. The Easton Street filter is the 28th such filter within the SCWA service territory.

"This investment in our infrastructure should alleviate any concerns with iron and manganese in drinking water in the greater Ronkonkoma area," said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo. "It’s just another sign of our commitment to our customers to supply them with some of the highest quality drinking water you can find anywhere."

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.

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