Irrigation of sod in the rain is just one of the more visible signs of Southold's unsustainable water use.

Record Water Use on Monday Stretches Limits of Public Water System

Long Island is ultra-crowded this summer as city residents escape the heat and the pandemic in New York, but this weekend's heat added another stress to the island's already stressed infrastructure — water use set an all-time record in the early hours of Monday morning, stressing the water system's availability for first responders. The Suffolk County Water Authority announced it hit its all-time high water pumping figure of 545,726 gallons-per-minute