East Hampton Celebrates Completion of Water Main Installation

Suffolk County Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo (left) with East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc in Wainscott Thursday, with some of the last few feet of water main to be installed. Courtesy SCWA

It took East Hampton Town and the Suffolk County Water Authority just four months to install eight and a half miles of new water main throughout Wainscott, a project the water utility dubbed “one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects” in its history.

“This is exactly why the Suffolk County Water Authority was created 67 years ago — to make sure that all Suffolk County residents have access to clean, safe drinking water,” Patrick Halpin, chairman of the water authority, said in a statement. “This project is a great example of government working together at all levels to get things done.”

The project, which required the creation of a new water district for Wainscott, was buoyed by a $9.7-million grant from New York State. As of December 21, 124 properties had been hooked up to the new mains out of approximately 520 in the hamlet.

“It went really well. I challenge anyone to find a municipal water district that was created and implemented as quickly as we addressed the Wainscott contamination issue,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said Wednesday. “We made that a top priority. We didn’t wait to figure out the funding, we thought it was more important to immediately secure the district.”