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Sep 16, 2019 2:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Work On East Quogue Water Main Projects Underway

The Suffolk County Water Authority extended the water main down Damascus Road in East Quogue, and the Town of Southampton is paying for homes along the road to connect to the new main. GREG WEHNER
Sep 17, 2019 5:48 PM

Almost half of the 117 East Quogue homes eligible to connect to new Suffolk County Water Authority mains being installed in an area affected by contaminated drinking water wells have signed up to have the Town of Southampton pay for the work.

Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zapone gave the news to Town Board members during a work session on Thursday, September 12, saying that to get a nearly 50 percent response rate from any outreach effort is a strong result.

Work on the water main installation began in August, and since then more residents have come forward and asked the town how they can connect to the new public water service.

In July, the Town Board authorized a $4 million project to fund 10,000 feet of water main extensions along William Street, West Side Avenue, Lakewood Avenue, Dogwood Street, Damascus Road, Quogue-Riverhead Road, Lewis Road and First Place.

State lawmakers enacted legislation that permitted municipalities to use Community Preservation Fund money for water improvement projects pertaining to groundwater contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals, or PFOA and PFOS — and extending the water mains to provide safe water to customers affected by pollution fits within the scope.

Reports filed by both the State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Department of Health Services point to a former landfill at the end of Damascus Road in East Quogue and a former county-owned police kennel at Francis S. Gabreski Airport as contributors to contamination, although neither has been confirmed as the source of contaminants.

But because the residential neighborhoods are within close proximity to the two sites, the contaminants have infiltrated 70 of the 130 private drinking wells in East Quogue.

In order to provide safe water, the town is working with the Suffolk County Water Authority to extend the water mains to those properties with contaminated wells, and are offering to pay for the connection from the home to the main. According to Mr. Zappone, the cost to connect each home ranges anywhere from $1,200 to $9,000.

So far, the town has approved applications totaling $128,000, and $45,000 has been reimbursed to the residents to connect.

He also said as work continues to take place on the water mains, more and more residents are inquiring about how they can get connected.

“The first step is connecting with the water authority, and then the resident contacts the town,” Mr. Zappone said.

He added that residents want to know when they are going to be connected, but the town has no control over the scheduling, because the SCWA is doing the work — it is up to them to notify residents when they are going from one road to the next.

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... nothing wrong with our present form of government in East Quogue. Vote "NO" to incorporation.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 17, 19 2:40 PM
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All those dead people who signed that petition would beg to differ.
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Sep 17, 19 3:45 PM
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You do know that the deceased were on the list provided by Board of Elections list and not the petition?
By EQmom (18), East Quogue on Sep 17, 19 7:24 PM
Let's address the people who publicly said their signatures were on the petition they did not sign. Or those that were not told a signature was to actually hold a vote, and instead were told it was to keep them informed with more info and further discussion.

The deceit of the Village "Exploratory" Committee is abhorrent.
By 2329702 (67), East Quogue on Sep 18, 19 9:36 AM
Great job, TOS!
By 2329702 (67), East Quogue on Sep 18, 19 9:22 AM