East Hampton Taps CPF to Upgrade Septic Systems

The Town of East Hampton completed the first of several upgrades to its public restrooms at the Amagansett public restroom. Independent/T.E. McMorrow

The Town of East Hampton completed the first of several upgrades to its public restrooms, transforming the facility in the municipal parking lot in Amagansett into an “environment friendly, low nitrogen septic system,” according to the town supervisor’s office.

The new facility will reduce the release of nitrogen into the environment by about 80 percent.

“The Fuji Clean septic system installed in Amagansett will reduce nitrogen emissions to 11.4 milligrams per liter, well below the 19 milligram per liter standard for such systems, and an 80-percent nitrogen reduction from what is emitted from a traditional septic system,” Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said in a press release Monday.

The $68.64 bill for the new septic system in Amagansett’s comfort station will be covered by money from the Community Preservation Fund. The town is allowed to use up to 20 percent of the CPF for water quality protection and restoration.

Plans are already in place to install the same septic system at West Lake Drive comfort station in the dock area in Montauk, as well as at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

On Thursday, July 2, the East Hampton Town Board is scheduled to hold public hearings for eight additional projects using CPF monies to upgrade septic systems. The scale and scope of the proposed projects vary, from the Wainscott Chapel, which currently has what is essentially an outhouse, to a much larger new septic system for the Montauk Library. A complete list of sites being targeted is available on the town’s website. The hearing is being teleconferenced, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and begins at 2 PM.

The town has funded 102 septic system upgrades thus far, spending $2.2 million on the projects, with another 27 already approved and on the way.

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