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Jul 14, 2018 8:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Officials: Hampton Bays Well Field Should Be Operational By July 18; Water Issues Should Lessen

A strain on the Hampton Bays water supply has caused a discoloration of the water for many homeowners.
Jul 17, 2018 1:38 PM

The Southampton Town Board announced last week that the Hampton Bays Water District’s three out-of-service wells, which were shut down last year after traces of two unregulated chemicals were found, will be back online by Wednesday, July 18.

As a result, hamlet residents should expect to see issues regarding their water pressure and discoloration improve.

“It should not be an issue after next week,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said at a work session on Thursday, July 12.

The Hampton Bays Water District is expecting to complete the testing of water from its downtown well field within the next week. The district recently installed a $1 million carbon filtration system, which will remove the contaminants—perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA—from the drinking water, according to the district’s superintendent, Robert King.

Last year, testing of the three wells revealed that the water contained 73 parts per trillion, or ppt, of the contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency’s limit is 70 ppt.

Mr. King could not say whether the town’s mandatory odd-and-even lawn watering schedule for the hamlet would continue after the wells are back online. Earlier this month, the town mandated that hamlet residents only water their lawns on alternating days: those with an even street address may water their lawns on even-numbered calendar days, and vice-versa, in an attempt to save water.

However, on Friday, Mr. King said that most homeowners are not abiding by the regulation, and he acknowledged, “There’s really no way to enforce it,” other than knocking on people’s doors when officials notice their sprinklers running.

Due to the lack of attention paid to the new watering schedule, Mr. King said water conditions have scarcely improved. Water pressure, which he said is measured by volume, has been reported at 7 million gallons a day, whereas it should be closer to 9 million.

He anticipates that once the wells are operational, the pressure will top 9 million gallons per day, especially during peak weekdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In the meantime, crews are continuing to flush fire hydrants every morning, adding to the discoloration and sediment issue.

“We’ve never had these problems before when the wells were running—that’s why we’re attributing it to the wells,” Mr. King said. “We just know that the tanks are not full.”

Mr. Schneiderman said at the work session earlier this week that the water district has made “some adjustments” in the last few weeks to meet the needs of hamlet residents.

“We’re getting there,” he said.

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My King must be a little naive. To have those well out that long, who's watching the boat???

By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 14, 18 5:23 PM
My King must be a little naive. To have those well out that long, who's watching the boat???

By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 14, 18 5:32 PM
Hamster Bays gets the short end of the stick : /
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Jul 16, 18 10:41 AM
HBWD is a joke and the people that run it . SHTB fears them. Robert King has not met with the SHTB. Given the mismanagement of wells and the HBFD they should be fired! . HBWD needs to have SCWD take it over and clean it up.

By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 16, 18 8:34 PM
July 16th and still getting black water - still nothing on their website - Mickey Mouse operation.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 18 9:53 PM