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The Riverhead Water District is soliciting interested persons for the position of water district superintendent.

The town board on Wednesday authorized publication of a help wanted ad for the position.

The successful applicant must possess a Grade 1B Water Treatment Operator’s certificate issued by the New York State Department of Health, according to the advertisement approved by the board.

Mark Conklin, a 37-year employee of the water district who rose through the ranks to become deputy superintendent was named to the top spot Jan. 1, 2015 after longtime superintendent Gary Pendzick retired.

Deputy Supervisor Tim Hubbard said Conklin told board members he is looking to retire “sometime after the new year.”

Conklin could not be reached for comment.

The superintendent’s impending retirement comes as the water district is embarking on a $15.3 million 10-year capital plan to maintain and upgrade its facilities.

The Riverhead Water District was established by the town board in April 1914. Today, the district maintains over 230 miles of water main, 17 supply wells, 1,500 fire hydrants, five water storage tanks and pumps over 2.5 billion gallons of water every year, according to information published by the district. The water district’s facilities have a replacement value of over $150 million.

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