March 23, 2018 01:12 PM

The Suffolk County Water Authority will be honored for two award-winning infrastructure projects at the New York Section American Water Works Association’s New York’s Water Event next month.

SCWA will be awarded 2018 Project of the Year – Treatment Project for the landmark Advanced Oxidation Process treatment system developed in-house to remove the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane from groundwater. The system, the first of its kind in New York, was recently approved by state officials to go into service at SCWA’s Commercial Boulevard, Central Islip pump station. The system is expected to remove more than 97% of the compound from groundwater.


SCWA's Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) treatment system at the Authority's Commercial Boulevard Pump Station in Central Islip

SCWA will also be awarded 2018 Project of the Year – Storage Project for the construction of a two million gallon concrete reservoir on the North Fork. The Laurel Lake tank and its two booster pumps will boost water pressure on the North Fork during peak pumping periods, greatly improving household water pressure and the ability of local fire departments to fight fires, while also allowing for less peak pumping from SCWA wells to help keep them from becoming stressed.


SCWA's new ground storage tank near Laurel Lake in Mattituck

"These projects are just two examples of the great work being undertaken by our hardworking employees every day," said SCWA Chairman James F. Gaughran. "We very much appreciate having our work recognized by our peers in the water supply industry."

"We’re extremely proud of the great work by our engineers on these two vital projects and are very gratified to have our work recognized by the New York Section of AWWA," said SCWA Chief Engineer and Director of Research Timothy Kilcommons. "We’re constantly looking for ways to improve service for our customers through innovative water treatment methods and good stewardship of our aquifers, and these two projects are prime examples of that commitment."

The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under 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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