Town Board rejects Orient water mains

Southold’s water supply map will not be amended to permit the Suffolk County Water Authority to run three miles of new water mains into Orient.
After months of community meetings on the much-contested proposal, the Town Board  refused, by a unanimous vote Tuesday, to add Orient to the water map, which has long served as a guide to the expansion of public water throughout Southold. Town officials have long maintained that the water map must be amended to include that area before the water authority can proceed with the $3.8 million project. The authority disagrees, and has said it will proceed with the installation with or without town approval.
Supervisor Scott Russell said that since the authority never canvassed Orient’s 700 homeowners to gauge the level of support for the project, and since he