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Sep 29, 2015 5:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Will Set Aside $750,000 For New Hampton Bays Well

Sep 30, 2015 11:12 AM

Southampton Town expects to issue a $750,000 bond to the Hampton Bays Water Authority to cover the installation of a new well in the hamlet.

Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has included the bond as part of her proposed $91.1 million budget for 2016.

The new well, which will be located off Old Riverhead Road and near Bittersweet Road, will be the 12th of its kind servicing Hampton Bays, according to Hampton Bays Water District Superintendent Rob King.

“We need a full additional one, because of increased use and to keep the infrastructure as up to date as possible,” Ms. Throne-Holst said.

Mr. King explained that the infrastructure for most of the wells servicing the 18-square-mile district are aging, explaining the need for an additional one. “Our infrastructure is very old and it’s time to get an upgrade,” Mr. King said. “At least half of our wells were built in the ’50s and ’60s.”

He noted that while the other 11 wells still work, a new one is needed to help take some of the burden off the others.

The district has already hired an outside contractor, Delta Well and Pump in Ronkonkoma, to drill the well and complete the work.

A drill test began last week to determine if the area will provide safe drinking water. Water and soil samples will be tested and then reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The review process, according to Mr. King, can take anywhere between three months to one year to complete.

“This is a critical infrastructure for us,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “We have an obligation to make sure our town infrastructure is properly taken care of.”

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