The Suffolk County Water Authority this week began installing 4,340 feet of 12" ductile iron water main on Acorn Street and Straight Path as part of the Wyandanch Rising project that is revitalizing the hamlet’s downtown area. The project is expected to be completed by Friday or early next week.
The new pipe will serve the residents and commercial tenants of the two building projects underway. One building will have about 17,000 square feet of retail space and 91 rental units and the second will have 20,000 square feet of retail space and 86 rental units. SCWA entered into a 40-year Water Supply District agreement with the Town of Babylon for the water main installation.
"This project is a great example of various levels of government working together collaboratively for the betterment of a community," said Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James F. Gaughran. "We worked closely with Suffolk County, the Town of Babylon and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on an innovative plan to install this water main."
"We have made significant progress in our efforts to revitalize and reconstruct the Wyandanch downtown area," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "The Wyandanch Rising project is part of our overall goal to not only build - but to sustain - an innovative economy with jobs, housing and recreation right here in Suffolk County. Installing this main is another step closer to making this vision become a reality."
"This water main is the backbone of Wyandanch Rising and will attract business, create jobs, and revitalize this downtown," said Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez. "I applaud the work of the Jim Gaughran and the Suffolk County Water Authority and the leadership of County Executive Steve Bellone throughout this project."
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: From left to right, Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Antonio A. Martinez, Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James F. Gaughran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and SCWA Pipeline/Paving Inspector Dawn Warren review plans for the installation of 4,340 feet of water main in downtown Wyandanch.