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A Shinnecock housing project gets hooked up to Suffolk County drinking water

Courtesy Suffolk County Water Authority
Suffolk County Water Authority connects a new housing development for Shinnecock citizens who are transitioning out of homelessness with drinking water. The water hookup on tribal territory with paid for by the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is working to lift members of its tribe out of homelessness with transitional housing. That also means supplying them with healthier living conditions, including clean drinking water.

The tribe partnered with the Suffolk County Water Authority last month to install a new water main extension to the tribe’s territory in eastern Long Island. The tribe paid over $100,000 for the project.

The pipeline spans in the middle of an existing county water main on Old Soldiers Road and exiting water main on W. Gate Road. At about 1,250 feet long, the pipeline runs across Deer Tail Road near the entrance to the Shinnecock territory in Southampton.

“I’m glad we were able to get this done for the Shinnecock Nation. Making sure all residents in Suffolk County have access to high quality, reliable drinking water is our core mission,” Water Authority Chairman Patrick Halpin said in a statement. “It’s importance cannot be overstated.”

Brooke is a former intern with WSHU Public Radio.