December 18, 2015 10:57 AM

The Suffolk County Water Authority this week replaced 3,760 feet of water main on Echo Avenue in Sound Beach, a project that will improve water pressure and therefore bolster fire protection in the community.

The project, which extends from Lower Rocky Point Road to New York Avenue, was completed this week. Under the project, old and undersized water main was replaced with new ductile iron pipe ranging from 6" to 12" diameter.

"In addition to improving fire protection, this new pipe will provide far greater protection against water main breaks," said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo. "This is just another example of our proactive efforts to improve infrastructure for the benefits of our customers throughout our service territory."

"The new water main along Echo Avenue will be more efficient and more resistant to breaks," said Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker. "I will continue to work with the Suffolk County Water Authority to bring new improvements and increased safety measures to the county’s infrastructure." Legislator Anker is shown here viewing the water main replacement plans with Suffolk County Water Authority Pipeline/Paving Inspector Jeremy Brandt.

"I'm very happy that the Water Authority is working to make our water supply safer," said Bea Ruberto, President of the Sound Beach Civic Association. "Improving the pressure and providing protection against water main breaks are certainly welcome improvements to our community. And what a great time to do this since we're hopeful that this stretch of roadway will be repaved next year."

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.

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