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Attention Notice 108-8 Area: Suffolk County has distributed Access Agreement documents to each homeowner in the 108-8 Area including additional information for signing. Access Agreements must be signed and notarized by the homeowner by May 31st, 2022, before construction may begin.

A low-pressure sewer system consists of a network of grinder pumps and pressure pipes used to pump sewage from each site to a main sewer. The Carlls River Watershed Sewer Project will install individual grinder pump units (GPU), and new gravity connection from the existing waste line to the GPU, for all residential parcels within the project area. The grinder pump units will be installed below grade along the street side of each property, close to the right-of-way (when possible), but within the homeowner’s property line. Each unit will serve one residential property.

Sewage generated from each home is discharged into GPUs installed for each property. The grinder pump is used to convey sewage to a system of sewer lines buried in the streets where the sewage is then conveyed to the sewage treatment plant for treatment.

There will be no cost to homeowners for the equipment, installation of low-pressure sewers, abandonment of existing cesspools and property restoration.

The construction installation costs are 100% funded by Federal grants.

The annual fee will be calculated based on the assessed value of your home. The County has estimated that for the median home value this will be about $530 including Operation and Maintenance (O&M).

Suffolk County will be responsible to operate and maintain the grinder pump units.

Signature of Access Agreements: The County will be transmitting these documents to each individual homeowner with additional information for signing. Access agreements will be sent September 2021 for the 110-2 Area. An update will be provided for the remaining areas.

Installation of low-pressure force mains in 110-2, 108-8 and 108-11 Areas: Construction is scheduled to begin October 2021. Installation of the force main under the roadway and installation of each property valve box will start first. The estimated duration of this work is 15 months. Private property work will follow.

110-2 Area: construction is scheduled to begin concurrently with the installation of the low pressure force main in the street. The project has an estimated duration of two years. Approximately 500 homes will be connected under this project.

108 Interceptor Extension: construction is scheduled to begin this October with an estimated duration of nine months. This project includes the extension of a 48-inch sewer interceptor under the Southern State Parkway from Lewis Avenue (intersection of Lewis Avenue and Raider Street) and Lakeway Drive (the intersection of Lakeway Drive and Governor Avenue).

108-8 Area: construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2022 following the completion of the low pressure force main in the street and installation of the 108 Interceptor Extension. The project has an estimated duration of 26 months. Approximately 885 homes will be connected under this project.

108-11 Area: construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2022 following the completion of the low pressure force main in the street and installation of the 108 Interceptor Extension. The project has an estimated duration of 22 months. Approximately 675 homes will be connected under this project.

110-2 and 108-11 Non-LMI Area: construction is scheduled to begin in fall of 2022. The project has an estimated duration of 11 months. Approximately 150 homes will be connected under this project.

It is strongly encouraged that you sign and return your signed access agreement to the County as soon as possible. Signed access agreements will need to be received by the County, prior to the beginning of construction. The deadline for submittals will depend on which project area you are located in. If you are in the 110-2 Area, you will receive a package of documents, this September, by mail that you will need to sign and return to the County before construction can begin. The remaining areas to follow.

All properties within the project area will be receiving a sewer service line from the street main to a shutoff located near the sidewalk. Only those residents who sign the access agreement prior to the start of construction will be entitled to a no cost GPU system. If you forgo signing the agreement, connecting to the sewer system will be your responsibility.

Contractor work on individual private property should take no more than two weeks. However, the work required will be done in a few visits. The resident will be notified prior to the Contractor’s return to your property. All areas disturbed as a result of this work will be restored by the Contractor.

The Contractor will provide a two week notice to residents prior to starting work on a specific block and 72 hours before Contractor will need to access private property. Door hangers will be utilized. In addition, notifications will be continually posted on the project website and regularly updated as to the status of the construction.

Parking notifications will be posted 48 hours before construction begins on a specific street.

A contact number for the Contractor will be provided prior to the start of work.

A phone number will be provided in the notifications you receive from the Contractor prior to the start of work. We encourage you to notify the Contractor as soon as you are aware of any potential schedule conflicts.

When you are notified that work will be occurring on your property, we ask that you leave gates to the rear of your property unlocked. If necessary, the Contractor may remove and replace a section of your fence to fit his equipment behind your home.

Active cesspools will be emptied and filled in, in accordance with Suffolk County Department of Health regulations. The County will cover the cost of septic system abandonment and perform restoration of all disturbed areas at no cost to the homeowner.

If you currently have a separate leaching basin for collecting runoff from roof leaders on your home, this will not be touched/disconnected as a part of the project. Sanitary cesspool systems will be filled and closed as a part of this project.

Connection from the existing system to the new system, will require a brief interruption of service, not lasting longer than a workday. During this period, you will be asked not to use the plumbing in your home, such as washing machines, dishwashers, garbage disposals, sinks, toilets, bathtubs and/or showers. The Contractor will notify you 24 hours prior to service interruptions and notify you after the switchover has occurred.

Connection of the Control Panel to the electrical service, will require a brief interruption of service, not lasting longer than a workday. During this period you will not have power. The Contractor will notify you 24 hours prior to service interruptions and notify you after power is restored.

If continuous power is medically necessary, notify the Contractor, when you receive your initial work notice. The Contractor will work with you on a contingency plan to provide necessary power for medical devices.

In most cases, the Contractor will not close an entire roadway. Efforts will be made to maintain one lane of traffic. The Contractor also will not keep equipment and materials on the roadway overnight or past his working hours.

The Contractor is required to repair/restores any damaged areas that results from his work. The Contractor will take photographs of your property before, during and after the construction to document the condition of your property. We encourage residents to take (dated) photographs of their property before the Contractor begins work. We also encourage residents to temporarily relocate movable/breakable items outside of the work area before the work begins.

If damage should occur, immediately contact the Contractor. A phone number will be provided in the notifications you receive from the Contractor prior to the start of work. The County and their representatives will work with the Contractor to ensure that your property is returned to its pre-construction conditions.

Yes, maintenance/repair of the GPU and electrical panel will be performed by the County. The access agreement you will sign/have signed will allow the County access to your property for the purpose of maintaining/repairing the GPU and/or control panel.

Periodic service of the pump assembly located within the GPU unit will be undertaken by the County.

Property owners will be responsible for the new gravity sewer that will be installed from the waste line exiting your house to the GPU. If an issue arises with the GPU or electrical panel, an automatic message will be sent to the County alerting them of the issue. Property owners/residents are encouraged to call Suffolk County DPW if they suspect that there is a problem with their unit.

The GPU basin has 70-gallon total storage capacity. If the power goes out, limit your water usage as much as possible. The tank has extra storage capacity and should be adequate because you are not using the dishwasher, washing machine, etc. The GPU has a control panel equipped with an alarm system and a generator receptacle. The alarm system will sound if there is a high water level alarm, even if the power is out, so you can use the water until the control panel indicates that the tank is full. The County will assist in case of a power outage by connecting the pump to a portable generator via the control panel receptacle, the pump will turn on and pump down the tank (approximately 7 minutes).

Yes, you will need a minimum of a 6500 Watt generator. The panel is equipped with an automatic transfer switch that will isolate the pump from utility when power is out, and transfer to the generator receptacle, and back to utility once the power is back allowing you to connect your own a generator.

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