Reclaim Our Water update tomorrow 7/27 @ 9:15 am

Suffolk County is hosting a Reclaim Our Water update for anyone interested in learning more about the County’s efforts to promote innovative/alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems. The County will provide a history of actions taken to date on the Reclaim Our Water initiative and an update on the Septic Pilot Program.

Date: Wednesday, July 27
Time: 9:15 am
Location: Online

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Reclaim Our Water Initiative


Reclaim Our Water Initiative Update

Suffolk County Seeks Applicants for the Second Phase of the

Innovative Alternative  Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Demonstration Project

Key Dates:

Issue Date:          Thursday March 10, 2016
Online Registration: (Required)        

Friday, April 15, 2016

12:00 P.M. (NOON)

Technical Questions Due*
        Thursday, March 24, 2016 3:30 P.M.
Information Session: (Optional)

Friday, March 25, 2016 (for both RFEI’s)

2:00 P.M.

          Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services
Wastewater Management, Suite 2C
360 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY., 11980
          *Attendance may be via conference call-in – details will be provided after registering online.
Final Submissions Due:         Friday April 22, 2016 3:30 P.M.
 Contact Information         Name: Justin Jobin    
Tel. (631) 852-5808
Environmental Projects Coordinator
Suffolk County Department of Health Services
360 Yaphank Avenue Yaphank, NY, 11980



In April of 2014 Suffolk County issued the first Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for a Demonstration Program of Innovative Alternative Onsite Wastewater Systems (I/A OWTS).   This Demonstration Program was a resounding success as total of 19 systems were donated from 4 manufactures representing 6 different technologies.  Following the County-wide lottery for the interested homeowners, the systems were installed between June 24, 2015 and February 29, 2016 and some systems could see provisional approval by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (hereinafter “SCDHS”) as early as the summer of 2016.

Based upon the success of Phase I of the Demonstration Program, Suffolk County is again seeking applications from manufacturers (hereinafter “Applicant(s)”) from throughout the nation for the opportunity to participate in Phase II of the Demonstration Program and Pressurized Shallow Drainfield Demonstration Program.  This will give applicants the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate single family residential onsite wastewater treatment system technologies in Suffolk County - at no cost to the County and participating homeowners - in an effort to test the viability of these systems in local conditions and potentially expedite provisional approval of said technologies.

This Demonstration Program is a three-part process.

  1. Issue an RFEI seeking Applicants for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of innovative alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems (hereinafter “I/A OWTS”) for use on residential property or county property.
  2. Issue a concurrent RFEI  issued for a demonstration of pressurized shallow drainfield options for receiving advanced treated effluent from onsite wastewater treatment systems in Suffolk County (hereinafter “PSD”).
  3. Concurrently issue a property owner application requesting Suffolk County Residents to volunteer in this innovative program. 

Public Disclosure Statement and Proposal Bid/Certification

Phase-II Innovative and Alternative OWTS RFEI 

Pressurized Shallow Drainfield RFEI 



map of possible areas for advanced wastewater treatment


Suffolk County is initiating Phase II of this Demonstration Program for installing two types of I/A OWTS that are designed to reduce Total Nitrogen down to19mg/l or less. The purpose of the demonstration program is to evaluate various nitrogen reducing I/A OWTS technologies for performance and suitability in Suffolk County, Long Island. The goal is to A) streamline the piloting process for Residential Demonstration (Type 1) systems, and B) allow more experimental systems (Type 2) to be installed and tested on State or County Properties, with appropriate governmental approvals. 

Suffolk County is initiating the Pressurized Shallow Drainfield (PSD) Demonstration Program for installing PSD’s to receive pretreated effluent from I/A OWTS.  PSD’s are drainfields that evenly and horizontally distribute treated effluent within the top 24 inches of the soil horizon, where microbial activity and nutrient adsorption are at the highest.  The County will also accept responses from Applicants who meet NY Environmental Conservation Law, Section 17-0701 Appendix 75-A with the goal of evaluating horizontal subsurface disposal of effluent from an I/A OWTS
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Deadline:        Applications are due April 8, 2016

Contact Information: 

Please mail completed applications to the below address:

ATTN: Septic Demonstration Program Application
Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services
Wastewater Management, Suite 2C
360 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY, 11980

Please direct Phone Calls and Email's To:

Justin Jobin
Environmental Projects Coordinator
Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services
360 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY, 11980
Office: (6310 852-5808


Suffolk County is seeking qualified  homeowners to participate in Phase-II of The County’s Septic System Demonstration Program.  Selected owners will receive a new state-of-the-art advanced treatment septic system.  These systems remove harmful chemicals from household wastewater and will reduce nitrogen loading to our surface and ground waters.  Best of all, these  systems are being installed to demonstrate their efficacy at no cost to the property owner.

On Long Island, economic prosperity, public health and safety, and our quality of life based upon the quality of water that surrounds us. While all sources of water pollution have an impact on water quality, nitrogen pollution from failing septic systems has emerged, in the words of County Executive Steve Bellone, as “Public Water Enemy #1”.  Suffolk County, with a population larger than 11 states and a region that derives its drinking water from the ground, must pay particular attention to the 360,000 septic/cesspools in Suffolk, accounting for 74% of the homes.

Suffolk County is fully committed to reduce excessive nitrogen loading and with your participation in this program we will take a major step in Reclaiming Our Waters!

Basic Criteria:

  •         Must be year round primary residence
  •         Must be occupied by 3 to 9 people
  •         Must not be connected to public sewer or be located in a sewer district

If you feel you meet the criteria and want more information please visit the following links:

FAQ Page

Single-Family Homeowner Application 

Mobile/Manufactured Homeowner Application