September 17, 2013 05:00 PM
The Suffolk County Water Authority this week completed water main extensions in Cutchogue and New Suffolk.
A 1,260-foot water main extension on Main Road in Cutchogue between Moores Lane and Cases Lane will initially serve approximately 17 new customers, and another extension of 565-feet completed this week on Grathwohl Road in New Suffolk will initially serve two new customers.
“We’re looking forward to serving new customers on the North Fork and bringing them safe and constantly tested drinking water,” said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Szabo.
In addition to being subject to rigorous tests from the New York State Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, public water from SCWA comes with many advantages. With
increased water pressure and the availability of nearby hydrants, public water brings improved fire protection and may lower homeowner’s insurance. With public water, customers are far more likely to maintain service during a weather emergency—while many Suffolk residents who use private wells were without water service for days when electricity service was out following SuperStorm Sandy, virtually all SCWA customers, with the exception of those on Fire Island, still had use of their water supply.
With public water, there is no need to maintain a well pump, which can cost thousands of dollars to replace or repair. Nor is there a need to purchase and maintain a water softener or filter, since SCWA water is tested around the clock, 365 days a year, and trace amounts of lime are added to the water supply to neutralize pH and prevent corrosion of pipes. Trace amounts of chlorine are also added to the SCWA supply to prevent the growth of bacteria such as e. coli in the water supply.
Anyone interested in inquiring about hooking up to public water should contact SCWA’s New Service department at (631) 218-1148.
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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