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Mar 24, 2016 3:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Chooses New Septic System For Meschutt Beach In Hampton Bays

A new septic system that would service the Beach Hut at Meschutt Beach in Hampton Bays will be installed by Suffolk County this spring. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Mar 27, 2016 4:22 PM

Suffolk County officials have selected a modern wastewater treatment system to replace the archaic cesspools that continue to service both The Beach Hut and public restrooms at Meschutt Beach in Hampton Bays.

The new system—called AdvanTex AX-Max and manufactured by Orenco Wastewater Systems in Oregon—is expected to cost $328,000 and will be installed later this spring, according to Vanessa Baird, a spokeswoman for the county. She could not specify exactly when the work would start.

AdvanTex AX-Max is a larger version of the Orenco, one of the advanced septic systems that is already being tested at a few homes across the county as part of Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone’s Reclaim Our Water initiative, Ms. Baird explained. Most of the homes already testing the system are located up-island, though a different system, called Hydro-Action and manufactured by Septic Systems Inc. in Illinois, is being tested at a residence in East Quogue as part of the same initiative.

The Orenco system eliminates nitrogen by employing microorganisms that consume the waste that is collected inside a septic tank, Nicholas Noble, the company’s government relations manager, previously explained. AdvanTex AX-Max works the same way but can handle larger flows of waste, according to the Orenco website.

Mr. Noble was not available for comment this week.

Once it is installed at Meschutt Beach, the new system will be monitored and tested by the Suffolk County Health Department. The county is already testing smaller septic systems at 19 residential homes as part of the initiative, including one on Indian Run in East Quogue.

County officials decided to include Meschutt Beach in the initiative after one of the eight cesspools servicing The Beach Hut overflowed while a crowd of nearly 200 people was dining at the waterfront restaurant this past summer. It was at that time that officials learned that the facility, which attracts thousands of visitors each summer, was being serviced by cesspools that date back to the early 1970s.

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Build waste water treatment plants and get serious about keeping the bays clean and protected. Individual solutions cost more than the prorated share of the costs for residents. Maintenance of these individual systems are uneven and difficult to monitor unless its broken. Long Island needs to address the fact that its grown up now and no longer a rural area. Plants are necessary, without them there will be increasing problems with water quality.
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on Mar 25, 16 11:22 AM
... these systems "eliminate nitrogen by employing microorganisms that consume the waste that is collected inside a septic tank". Nothing new here - these are the way all these systems work. Not better - just bigger?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Mar 25, 16 11:50 AM
What happens during cold winters and the houses don't get used. Do these micro organisms die? What's the cost of closing and opening the systems?
By H2O (85), easthampton on Mar 25, 16 12:35 PM
So, the County owns the property. The County BOH Waste Water Management Division is in charge of septic systems. And the County learned that the septic system was from the 1970's when it failed? What about preventative maintenance? Maybe inspect it from time to time? SMFH.

And now we pay $325k to put in a high tech system as an experiment?

More of the same from the Bellone administration...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Mar 25, 16 3:23 PM
Has there been any environmental studies done if this MICRO ORGANISM is accidentally entered into the bay? Is it feeds on waste, what happens if it gets into the bays? Majority of the systems are in-land per the article, but the beach hut and Meschutt Beach are directly connected to the water front.
By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Mar 26, 16 1:32 PM
would like to know where this going on the property. looks like it's partially above ground according to the manufacturers website http://www.orenco.com/systems/ax_max_larger_flows.cfm
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Mar 27, 16 8:46 PM