Water Plant Facilities

Bethpage Water District has 8 deep underground wells, 2 elevated water storage tanks and 1 ground storage tank located at 6 plant sites throughout the District’s 5-square mile service area.

Great care is taken by qualified professionals to keep the facilities well maintained - both aesthetically and mechanically. Each site is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure that is best suited for that particular location. Some of the more modern technologies include air-stripping, Granular Activated Carbon Filtration or “GAC”, Nitrate Removal, Perchlorate Removal, back-up generators.

Through careful planning and budgeting, the water district's routine maintenance program is reviewed and implemented on an ongoing basis to ensure that each well location is kept in good working order to provide a continuous flow of water to the public for drinking and fire fighting.

Plant 1 - Administration Building 25 Adams Avenue

This is the site of the Bethpage Water’s first Plant, constructed in 1955. It has an elevated storage tank which has a capacity of 1.25 million gallons of water.

Well #7A

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Granular Activated Carbon & Nitrate Removal

Well #8A

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Granular Activated Carbon & Nitrate Removal

Plant 1 - Administration Building, 25 Adams Avenue
Plant 1 - Administration Building, 25 Adams Avenue

Plant BGD - Plainview Road

Well #BGD-1

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Perchlorate Removal

Plant BGD - Plainview Road
Plant BGD - Plainview Road

Plant 4 – Sophia Street

Well #4-1

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Air Stripping & Granular Activated Carbon

Well #4-2

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Air Stripping & Granular Activated Carbon

1.5 Million Gallon Storage Tank

Plant 4 – Sophia Street
Plant 4 – Sophia Street

Plant 5 - Broadway @ Wilson Lane

Well #5-1

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Air Stripping

Plant 5 - Broadway @ Wilson Lane
Plant 5 - Broadway @ Wilson Lane

Plant 6- Park Lane @ Lowell Street

Well #6-1

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Air Stripping & Granular Activated Carbon

Well #6-2

Pumping capacity – 1,400 gallons per minute
Treatment- Air Stripping & Granular Activated Carbon

Plant 6- Park Lane @ Lowell Street
Plant 6- Park Lane @ Lowell Street

South Park Drive

Well #SPD-1

Pumping capacity – 2,000 gallons per minute

South Park Drive
South Park Drive

Grumman Road

1.5 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank

Grumman Road
Grumman Road

Air-Stripping

This technology is used by many public water suppliers across Long Island, New York as more sophisticated testing is available and stricter testing requirements are being implemented. This proven state-of-the-art equipment is in place at three of the district's plant sites to remove any traces of volatile organic compounds that may be present in the water that is pumped from the ground long before it enters the public supply system.

Based on the principal of exposing a large surface area of water to air, the process is relatively simple to understand. Water is pumped to the top of a tower and then cascades downward over a large number of packing materials or small round objects that look like ping pong balls. At the same time, filtered air is blown upward through the tower, breaking the water molecules and removing or "stripping" any contaminants in its travels.

Air-Stripping
Air-Stripping

GAC Filter

Removal of organic compounds with a granular activated carbon filter is based on the principle of adsorption. The activated carbon's porous composition provides tremendous surface area that acts as an absorption system. The water is purified as it passes through the carbon filters. The used carbon is replaced periodically according to industry standards. GAC filters are similar to air strippers in that they both remove volatile organic contaminants.

GAC Filters
GAC Filters

Nitrate Removal

The ion exchange process for the removal of nitrates is both simple and effective. It operates in the same manner as a common water softener and easily can remove much more than 90 percent of the nitrates. The process uses a strong base anion exchange resin, which is regenerated with common salt.

Nitrate Removal
Nitrate Removal

Backup Generators

The Bethpage Water District has equipped its plant sites with backup diesel generators to ensure the smooth operation of each facility and to keep the pumps running and the water flowing in the event of a power outage. Whether it's a brief loss of electricity or major blackout like the one caused by Hurricane Irene in late August 2011, the necessary equipment is in place to handle the incident so the water remains available for drinking and fire fighting.

Backup Generators
Backup Generators