$2.5M Kings Park Watermain Replacement Project Nears Completion

A 7,000-foot, $2.5 million watermain replacement in downtown Kings Park is nearing completion, Suffolk County Water Authority officials said.

The project will directly benefit approximately 100 customers on Main Street, Park Avenue to Indian Head Road and Indian Head Road to Cortez Lane. Two water board pumping stations are nearby, so “we’re improving the whole distribution system” for the hamlet, said Brendan Warner, the agency’s building maintenance manager.

The major excavation is complete and the authority will switch customers to the new pipes in the coming weeks. The agency, which serves Suffolk County’s 1.2 million residents, is one of the nation’s largest groundwater providers. “We continue to work towards our long-term goal of improving water infrastructure throughout our service territory,” Jeffrey Szabo, CEO of the authority, said in a press release announcing the work. .

In early July, workers began laying 12-inch ductile iron pipes to replace 6-inch cast iron pipes, some of which had been laid in the 1950s. The new pipes are more durable and less likely to fracture, Warner said. The larger diameter will improve water flow and fire protection in the hamlet.

Water authority officials have timed their work to coincide with an ongoing sewer construction project to minimize cost and disruption to businesses in the area. Sewer works are expected to bring sewer connections online by the end of 2025.

Tony Tanzi, president of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce, said the new water lines were needed to service what business leaders and Smithtown town officials say will be a flurry of new development as that these sewers will be brought online.

“I commend them for having the foresight to say, ‘Let’s go and do this. ”

Tanzi said he and his neighbors were “excited to get started”, so much so that “a lot of people thought the water pipes were actually the sewers going into it”.

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