August 6, 2014 05:37 PM

The Suffolk County Water Authority this week is in the process of replacing 3,748 feet of water main on Upland Drive, Leonard Drive and Locust Place in East Northport. The larger pipe, made of ductile iron, will improve water pressure and fire protection for the area.

Water main replacement, which began on Monday, is expected to be completed by Thursday. The Town of Huntington is expected to repave the impacted roads in the coming weeks.

"I’d like to thank Town of Huntington Highway Superintendent Peter Gunther for working jointly with us on this project," SCWA Chairman James F. Gaughran said at the project site Wednesday morning. "When we coordinate projects in this way, both Suffolk County Water Authority ratepayers and Town of Huntington taxpayers save money."

"What I’m particularly pleased about is that the Town of Huntington and SCWA worked collaboratively to have SCWA replace the water main prior to a road repaving project by the town," said SCWA Board Member Mario Mattera. "This kind of coordination between municipalities and utilities saves money."

"As the Suffolk County Legislator who represents a good portion of East Northport, I am pleased that the Suffolk County Water Authority has upgraded its infrastructure to enhance its service to our constituents and to better support firefighting efforts," said Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta.

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, Suffolk County Water Authority Board Member Mario Mattera, SCWA Pipeline/Paving Inspector Dawn Warren, SCWA Chairman James F. Gaughran and Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta inspect a water main replacement project on Upland Drive on Wednesday.


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