June 4, 2021 03:06 PM

The Suffolk County Water Authority is in the process of installing more than 5,000 feet of new water main on Old Riverhead Road that will boost the available water supply, increase water pressure and improve fire protection in the area.

SCWA contractors are adding 16” and 12” water mains to supplement existing smaller water mains, which will allow SCWA to pump approximately 400 more gallons per minute to the Westhampton area, which will help ensure an ample supply to meet peak demand. The additional, larger pipes will also allow SCWA to add, if needed, an additional well to its pump station north of the project area, which would add approximately another 1,200 gallons per minute to pumping capacity.

“This project will help us to ensure that even at the peak of peak demand, we will be able to provide a sufficient amount of high-quality drinking water to serve the needs of the Westhampton area,” said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo.

“This important investment, which will extend clean drinking water and support the needs of our public safety first responders, is an important step forward for Westhampton and is essential to continuing to build a sustainable community,” said Suffolk Legislator Bridget Fleming of the 2nd Legislative District. “I appreciate the Suffolk County Water Authority for their investment, good work and forward thinking in bringing this critical project to completion.”

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: (Left to right): Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and SCWA Pipeline Inspector Steven Svendsen review plans for the Westhampton water main upgrades.

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