Suffolk County Water Authority contractors have completed a project to install more than 1,000 feet worth of new, ductile iron pipe in West Islip to eliminate previous dead-ends within SCWA’s underground distribution network, and improve water pressure, fire protection, and potential rusty water conditions for area residents.
Five-hundred and fifty feet of new eight-inch diameter pipe was installed on McCall Road and later connected to existing 12-inch main running along Montauk Highway, and six-inch main running along Madeline Place. SCWA also installed another 138 feet of new pipe on Barbara Place, 210 on Archie Place, and 174 feet on 1st street, performing tie-ins on each block to connect the entire network and eliminate the dead-ends. In total, SCWA invested more than $420,000 dollars on the West Islip improvements.
“Dead-ends can be problematic in water distribution systems, and we do our best to eliminate them where we can,” said SCWA Director of Construction/Maintenance Brendan Warner. “This project will keep the neighborhood’s water circulating and improve water pressure as well.”
Warner said the West Islip work is all part of SCWA’s proactive distribution system improvements, adding his team is constantly looking to identify new areas that could benefit from additional main or tie-ins.
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.
SCWA Pipeline Inspector Anthony D’Angelo oversees the installation of new water main on 1sr Street in West Islip.