Suffolk County & Mastic Beach Village Announce Septic Lottery Winner
Homeowner Receives Free Advanced Wastewater Treatment System
Mastic Beach, NY – Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) and Mastic Beach Village Mayor Maura Spery joined County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County water quality officials to draw the winner of the Mastic Beach septic lottery. The winning homeowner was Victor Viola of Wavecrest Drive, Mastic Beach. Suffolk County conducted the lottery to select a homeowner to receive the free system, including free installation, monitoring and maintenance for five years.
The program is part of Suffolk County’s plan to improve the County’s water quality and eradicate nitrogen pollution by means of sewering targeted areas and implementing advanced on-site wastewater treatment systems. In addition to covering maintenance for five years, the septic system suppliers are also including a five-year warranty for both parts and labor. Mastic Beach Village was chosen for an exclusive lottery since it is one of several critical areas in need of advanced wastewater technology.
“This is a great opportunity for Suffolk County to expand its wastewater treatment options while at the same time homeowners can benefit from an upgraded system at no cost to them,” stated Legislator Browning. “Congratulations to Mr. Viola on being the lucky winner. I am hopeful that this pilot will lead to more homeowners being able to enhance their wastewater treatment and reduce nitrogen in our groundwater.”
After the five year maintenance agreement expires, the selected homeowners will have to pay for an annual maintenance contract, the average annual cost of which may vary by supplier, but is estimated to be around $200-$400, based on data from other jurisdictions with developed market for advanced treatment systems. Also, there will be the cost of electricity to run the systems, in the area of $5 to $20 per month.
"It is a new day for Mastic Beach and Suffolk County, which marks the rebirth for Mastic Beach by being at the forefront of environmental responsibility in protecting our drinking water,” stated Mayor Maura Spery. “This is the start of remediating our bays, rivers and creeks. We are thrilled to be partnering with County Executive Bellone, Legislator Browning, BusseNY and Geomatrix to step into the future of septic alternatives here in Suffolk County."