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Jul 17, 2019 10:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Re-Connects Water At Dog Park

A new spigot was installed by the Southampton Village Parks Department after the old one was damaged during construction of the new Southampton Village Ambulance Barn. GREG WEHNER
Jul 17, 2019 11:28 AM

After months without a source of water for the many canines that visit the dog park on Windmill Lane in Southampton Village, officials have installed a new pipe to keep them hydrated this summer.

Gary Goleski, the superintendent of public works for the village, said earlier this month that a pipe connected to the irrigation system was removed when a temporary parking lot was installed toward the back of the police station for those heading to Southampton Village Justice Court.

When the parking lot was installed, crews had to excavate the land and in the process cut the irrigation lines there, which eliminated the source of water for the dog park.

Dog owners worked together to provide their own water, with many bringing jugs to the park to fill a cooler in which dog owners could dip their bowls. The jugs were set next to a tree outside the park, but were cleaned up regularly.

“They’ve been trying to get water to the dog park for years, and it kept getting put off because of the ambulance barn,” Mr. Goleski said, referring to the ongoing construction project directly to the south on Windmill Lane. “The ambulance water main is supposed to be installed mid-August, and at that point, we will feed the dog park from there.”

This week, a new pipe was installed at the park, but it is not the one expected to be connected next month.

Village Parks Department Supervisor Steve Phillips said people from the dog park had been asking when the water line was going to be connected back up.

Village Trustee Mark Parash, who is in charge of parks, also heard about the water line being out of commission, so he asked Mr. Phillips if he could get it reconnected. Crews were able to use the original connection and run a pipe back to the dog park to provide potable water.

Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren gave a great deal of credit to Mr. Parash and Mr. Phillips on Tuesday for the work they did getting the water line reestablished at the park.

“The Board of Trustees are working closely with department heads and our team at the village to identify issues and pro-actively address them,” Mr. Warren said in a text on Tuesday. “This was a good example [of] everyone working together to improve the community and village.”

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