March 23, 2021 07:44 PM

Suffolk County Water Authority contractors are in the process of replacing more than 2,500 feet of old, undersized water main in Patchogue, improving the village’s distribution network and improving fire protection for area residents.

"I am glad to see the Suffolk County Water Authority taking this type of initiative and making our residents a priority," said Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri. "It’s important to update aging infrastructure whenever we can. SCWA is working with us every step of the way to get the project done quickly and get it done right.”

Undersized cast iron pipe on South Summit Avenue and Hill Street is in the process of being replaced with new six-inch and twelve-inch diameter ductile iron pipe, which is more resistant to breaks and expected to last well over 100 years. SCWA contractors will connect the new pipe to existing water main on Atlantic Avenue, Barnes Street, and South Prospect Avenue.

“Thank you to the Suffolk County Water Authority and all the workers on this job for making sure that Patchogue has the most updated infrastructure,” said Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco. “This work will protect residents, and ensure that our fire departments are better able to respond to emergencies. These updated water mains will make sure that Patchogue continues to be a safe, and well served community.”

"We are constantly seeking ways to improve the flow of water in our distribution system, and this is a great example of that," said SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Paul Kuzman, as he oversaw the project today. “We’re always proactive in that sense, trying to solve problems before they have a chance to arise.”

The Patchogue 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.

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) Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Paul Kuzman and SCWA Pipeline Inspector Anthony D’Angelo inspect plans for the water main replacement.

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