The Suffolk County Water Authority today was awarded grants totaling more than $2 million under the New York State Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. The grants will fund a substantial portion of two vital infrastructure projects, both in East Farmingdale.
SCWA received a grant of $745,413 of an anticipated project cost of $1,242,355 for the construction of an Advanced Oxidation Process system to remove 1,4-dioxane from groundwater at SCWA’s Smith St., East Farmingdale pump station. (SCWA is in the final stages of approval for its first AOP system for the removal of 1,4-dioxane, located at a pump station in Central Islip).
SCWA also received a grant of $1,394,915 of an anticipated project cost of $2,324,858 to add 6,923 feet of 16-inch water main primarily on Long Island Avenue, East Farmingdale, between Wellwood Avenue and Little East Neck Road. The new transmission main will enable SCWA to supply the East Farmingdale Water District (which is operated by SCWA) in an emergency from its service area in Wyandanch. The new connection will improve water pressure and thus fire protection in the area. This is significant, as the district has had to remove two of its five wells from service in the past two years due to industrial contamination.
The grants received by SCWA are part of the nearly $27 million in grants announced by the state today that will fund various infrastructure projects around Long Island.
"We greatly appreciate the state demonstrating its firm commitment to drinking water infrastructure on Long Island by awarding these grants," said SCWA Chairman James F. Gaughran. "These projects are vital to ensuring great service and a reliable water supply for our 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.