New York American Water to Drill Transmission Main to Improve Service for Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach, NY (November 13, 2019)— New York American Water is investing $2 million to install a new 20-inch HDPE transmission water main underneath Reynolds Channel to improve delivery of water to Atlantic Beach customers during high water use periods. The project, scheduled to begin November 14, will replace 2,500-feet of 16-inch main installed in the 1970s with new HDPE main drilled 25-feet below the Reynolds Channel seabed.

The replacement project will be achieved through directional drilling from the Cedarhurst Yacht Club in Lawrence, under the Channel, to Vernon Ave in Atlantic Beach. Installing a wider-diameter main will enhance redundancy in case of an emergency and will also allow for more efficient operations.

“Delivery of water to our Atlantic Beach customers is limited by the size of the current water main that runs under Reynolds Channel, connecting water mains in Lawrence to our Atlantic Beach system,” said New York American Water Manager of Engineering John Kilpatrick. “By installing a new 20-inch HDPE transmission main, we are increasing water flow and the resiliency of this important system connection.”

Work is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete. New York American Water will coordinate with residents along Vernon Avenue in Atlantic Beach to minimize disruptions – partial road closures on Vernon Avenue will be necessary for short periods of time to accomplish this project.

New York American Water is committed to the safety of nearby residents, as well as its employees, and advises that pedestrians and drivers take caution while in the vicinity of work sites. Any resident with a concern or question about the planned work is encouraged to call New York American Water customer service center at (877) 426-6999.


New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 350,000 people.

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