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Oct 16, 2019 10:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Water District Eyes Second Main Across Shinnecock Canal To Improve Water Pressure

Southampton Town Board members met with leaders of the Hampton Bays Water District during a work session on October 10. GREG WEHNER
Oct 16, 2019 11:13 AM

Southampton Town Board members, acting as commissioners of the Hampton Bays Water District, held their bi-annual meeting with water district staff to discuss the status of projects on October 10 and, during the meeting, set their sights on two projects that could improve pressure to areas east of Shinnecock Canal.

Work to improve pressure east of the canal was completed in August, but the results were not what district officials were hoping for.

The cost for the project was approximately $200,000 and it included the installation of an interconnection from field one, where the pressure is higher, to a water main that goes across the canal.

John Collins, the water district’s internal consultant from H2M Architects + Engineers, confirmed to Town Board members that the water pressure was still low.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman asked if it would be better to run another water main across the canal to create redundancy with two pipes that could deliver adequate pressure east of the canal.

“I 100 percent agree,” Mr. Collins said. “Ideally, we would love another pipe across the canal. It’s just, we’ve always been hesitant to go that way, because of costs.”

Mr. Schneiderman said he was working on obtaining cost estimates, adding that it was important to fix the water pressure issue east of the canal.

If an additional water main were to be installed, attaching it to the Long Island Rail Road bridge across the canal would not be an option, because the pipe would vibrate apart, Mr. Collins said. He also said putting the pipe under Sunrise Highway may be an issue, because the state has never been a fan of hanging pipes beneath its bridges.

Instead, he suggested installing the water main on the north end of the canal. He said the line could be run under the canal and brought up at Meschutt Beach.

The cost of performing the task is still unknown, as is any sort of time frame.

Another project that was discussed was the burial of a line that crosses Shinnecock Bay under the Ponquogue Bridge. The main was installed in 2005 at a cost of $1.2 million. In 2017, the pipe split near the middle of the bay and had to be repaired.

When the main was installed, it was placed across the bottom of the bay, but, according to Warren Booth, a maintenance crew leader for the district, the Suffolk County Department of Health is requiring the main to be buried by 2022.

Some Town Board members questioned what would happen if the line was not buried. “Or what? … Or I’ll get another letter?” Town Board member Christine Scalera said, laughing. “We just redid this one. Why didn’t they tell us then?”

James Kappers, a water district maintenance crew leader, told board members the district was permitted to install the main with the expectation that the line would have to be corrected eventually.

Mr. Collins said the problem is that the pipe is exposed on the bottom, and a boater could drop an anchor on it or damage it some other way.

The state also requires that the pipe has to be below the surface, according to Mr. Collins. “You can’t lay that main on the bay bottom,” he said. “River crossings are done all over the place, and they’re laid on the bottoms. In this case, New York State doesn’t like what we’ve done.”

Mr. Schneiderman said the 10-year plan will have to address how the water district plans to address fixing the situation with the pipe.

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Southampton Town Board members, are NOT acting as commissioners of the Hampton Bays Water District, they are the commissioners! t

There is a strange and bizarre relationships between the HBWD and SHTB. The questions; why wasn’t the SHTB told about the need to bury the line and two; why didn’t they know this already! Who is responsible for the failure?

There is no accountability for this stupid relationship. Yet the SHTB continues accepting crap from HBWD- fools. ...more
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Oct 16, 19 7:48 PM
LOL, as someone who is legally blind, I appreciate your consideration! I agree there is something bizarre here. Jay has acted like a spectator for over the past year or so even at the debate. "It is terrible that the people east of the canal don't have enough water pressure" PERIOD instead of a comma, which then should come "and as a commissioner here are the effective and efficient steps that we have take to correct all the problems, here is the timeline and here is what it is going to cost". ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 19 9:19 PM
We need to hand over control of the the water district to the professionals at SCWA. They have the expertise to handle the issues. Let’s have the vote.
By Bayman (56), Hampton Bays on Oct 18, 19 3:42 PM
Agreed. Out with the Hampton Bays Water Dept. Incompetence.
SC should be handling the water.
By resident9 (14), hampton bays on Oct 19, 19 7:18 PM
Agreed. Out with the Hampton Bays Water Dept. Incompetence.
SC should be handling the water.
By resident9 (14), hampton bays on Oct 19, 19 7:19 PM
The issue is that the TOS Board who are not local would still be the Commissioners.....Fish rots from the head...and something smells fishy here that we have gone on for more than a year from the public meetings int he HS with little to no resolution.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 20, 19 4:44 PM
We need a new town board and a water district supervisor. Remember this on Election Day!
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Oct 22, 19 12:28 PM
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