SCWA hits 'highest recorded' water pump rate

Weather records weren't the only ones broken in last week's seven-day heat wave on Long Island.

The Suffolk County Water Authority reports that what's "believed to be an all-time peak for water pumpage" was reached Friday morning, the sixth day of 90-or-above temperatures.

At 5:42 a.m. pumpage hit 533,000 gallons per minute, the water authority said in a release, "the highest recorded rate in the authority's history, exceeding the rate of 523,400 gallons per minute recorded on July 18, 2012."


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The authority serves about 1.2 million Suffolk County residents.

"The recent heat wave has boosted our pumping figures significantly this month after a fairly quiet June, due to heavy rains," chief executive Jeff Szabo said in the release. "We have taken all necessary measures to make sure that our infrastructure is capable of continuing to deliver a sufficient drinking water supply for our customers . . ."

Other records broken last week:

Duration-wise, a record was broken Saturday, day seven of 90 or above temperatures, which eclipsed a six-day heat wave recorded in July 1993 at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, and marked the longest string of 90-degree or hotter days since the National Weather Service began keeping records in Islip in 1984.

Daily records were also broken at the airport: Friday when the temperature hit 93 degrees, edging past the record of 92 set for the day in 1999, with Tuesday's 94 degrees beating out the previous record of 93 also set in 1999.

In addition, the state broke a record in electricity usage Friday, with the hourly average peak load at 33,955 megawatts between 3 to 4 p.m., surpassing the 33,939 megawatts set on Aug. 2, 2006, according to the New York Independent System Operator, which manages the state's bulk electricity grid.

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