SCWA Installs New Mains In Westhampton Beach

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The Suffolk County Water Authority has installed more than 5,600 feet of new water mains in Westhampton Beach Village over the past two weeks.

Crews began work on the $1 million project, which brought in new and wider piping to portions of Oneck and Bayfield lanes, as well as all of Oneck Road, on May 29, and should be wrapping up the work by the end of the week.

Tim Motz, a spokesman for the Suffolk County Water Authority, wrote in an email that water pressure tests were conducted after the county received calls complaining about flow issues.

“There’s been no significant history of water main breaks,” Mr. Motz wrote. “But again, it was felt that water flow to the customers should be improved.”

The older pipes were only between four and eight inches in diameter, while the new ones vary between six and 12 inches, allowing for improved pressure and water flow. The new pipes also are made out of ductile iron rather than cast iron, Mr. Motz wrote, which should be less vulnerable to the elements.

Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Hank Tucker said that area, especially Oneck Lane, is vulnerable to flooding, which he believes may have corroded the old water mains.

“They’re upgrading the service and it was sorely needed on that block,” he said. “There’s some ponds and some drains that feed in through in there, so it takes a beating from salt water, especially after Hurricane Sandy.”

Mr. Motz said those living on the affected streets should experience only about an hour-long gap in service as crews replace the mains.

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