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Reclaim Our Water Initiative in Suffolk County

Aerial view of Southampton, New York with shoal and inlet.

Hydro-Action attended the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Septic Improvement Program Kickoff Meeting on July 12th and 13th 2017.

The county hosted two days of presentations where community members, scientists, architects, engineers, installers, and septic maintenance providers were all able to learn about the project as well as ask questions directly.

The first meeting took place in Montauk and the second meeting took place in Riverhead. These areas have particularly sensitive ecological areas where homes are very close to the water where the untreated wastewater is polluting local water systems resulting in beach closings, fish die-offs, and eutrophication—or harmful algae blooms.

The Reclaim Our Water Initiative is a county-wide effort to improve the waters of Long Island that have suffered due to inadequate onsite wastewater infrastructure. The Reclaim Our Water Initiative is a grant program where up to $11,000 of the cost of a new onsite wastewater system can be subsidized from the county. Another $10,000 is available at extremely low interest rate to help encourage home owners to move quickly and upgrade their home wastewater system.
The kick off meeting and presentations were informative and gave the audience a tour through the application process as well as explanations of the approved technologies.

Over 1.5 million people live in Suffolk County, New York, and over 360,000 homes in a 90 square mile area are on onsite systems—typically a septic tank and a deep, leaching pool. Many homes built before 1973 do not even have a primary treatment septic tank, so their wastewater goes directly into the leaching pool with virtually no treatment before it meets the water table.

Hydro-Action was the first technology approved by the county averaging 12 mg/l of Total Nitrogen, which is almost 40% better than the 19 mg/L Total Nitrogen standard Suffolk County has established.

Hydro-action is also the only company to eliminate the need for media filters, which eventually need to be replaced and can be ruined if unwanted food material such as fats, oils, and greases come in contact with the media, or if you use strong cleaning agents. Our technology relies only on suspended growth and recirculation between nitrification and denitrification in order to remove nitrogen.

For more information about the Reclaim Our Water Initiative, please visit where you can learn more about the grant approval process and apply to receive grant funding in order to upgrade your home’s septic system from a nitrogen pollution source to a nitrogen removal system.

You can even contact the county directly by emailing or call the Suffolk County Health Department of Health Services at 631-852-5811.

Hydro-Action and Blue Water Environmental Working to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

Oxygen is crucial for any species to survive, and when the oxygen levels are too low in our bodies of water, it results in massive die-offs of fish, turtles, and other aquatic life. Eutrophication is the largest threat to our waterways in the United States today.

Eutrophication is defined as ‘the excessive nutrient loading, specifically nitrogen and phosphorous, in a body of water’. This causes a decline in water quality such that manifests in algae blooms, which creates dangerously low oxygen levels in water.

If this environmental problem is ignored, then we will see even greater severity of die-offs and lose access to many of our precious waterways due to polluted waters.


(Hydro-Actions Distributor Mark O’Rourke with Blue Water Environmental sampling a AN Series Unit in Maryland installed by Sample Excavating, Inc.)

The top three main contributing factors to eutrophication are: agricultural run-off from fertilizers, urban run-off through stormwater drainage, and finally, large scale wastewater treatment systems as well as onsite, residential treatment systems.

Maryland is the leader of the entire country when it comes to addressing the role that onsite wastewater treatment systems play in eutrophication in sensitive water area, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

They established the very first statewide regulations mandating Enhanced Nutrient Reduction for onsite systems that directly targets nitrogen and phosphorous removal, which requires a 50% reduction in nitrogen as well as an effluent of treated wastewater that has less than 30 mg/L of total nitrogen.

(From left to right: Pete Sabo with Hydro-Action and Mark O’Rourke with Blue Water Environmental taking a grab sample to ensure our AN Series Units are performing as expected. Installed by Outback Porta-Jon.)

Senate Bill 320 “The Bay Restoration Fund” was signed into law in 2004. Since then, the Chesapeake Bay has still experienced a significant decline in water quality. Since then, many onsite wastewater treatment plant manufacturers have made investments into research and development of a better nitrogen removal system.

Hydro-Action spent five years developing our AN500, which is an aerobic treatment unit that achieves nitrogen reduction over 76%. We have spent the last year undergoing field verification of our nitrogen reduction technology to insure its performance. We are nearly through the field verification portion of testing and are excited to participate in such an innovative market for onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Have questions about or want more information on the Hydro-Action NSF 245 Approved AN Series and it’s use in Maryland?


Mark O’Rourke

Blue Water Environmental

Mobile: (704) 400-0803
Office: (240) 444-6401
Fax: (704) 841-4011



Outback Porta-Jon

Office: (410) 257-1600

Fax: (443) 975-7797




 Sample Excavating, Inc.

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