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Friday, November 15, 2013

Bethpage Water District Reminds Residents to Prepare Their Pipes Before Heading South for the Winter

Handy Tips For Winter Months

Bethpage, NY (November 8, 2013) – As the warm weather comes to an end and the winter cold rolls in many Long Island residents find themselves heading to warm weather sites across the country. The Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners William J. Ellinger, Gary S. Bretton and John R. Sullivan remind homeowners to check your water pipes before leaving for the winter.

“The Bethpage Water District wants our residents leaving for the winter to be able to enjoy their time without any added worry,” said William J. Ellinger, Chairman of the Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners. “Taking these simple precautions can ensure that freezing temperatures do not wreak havoc on your pipes and home.”

Residents can ease concerns by following a few simple guidelines. Set your home’s thermostat no lower than 60 degrees if you decide not to drain your internal plumbing. Insulate water pipes in unheated areas of your home to prevent pipes from freezing or bursting. If you do decide to drain your plumbing make sure to consult with a heating system professional and also remember to properly drain your lawn sprinkler system.

The District also recommends for residents heading south for the winter is to have a new radio meter installed in your home.  The new meters have a winter setting that allows the district to more closely monitor fluctuations in water usage.  If a something happens with your pipes the district will be notified and a technician will be dispatched immediately.

For more information on how you can properly winterize your home or to have a new meter installed call the Bethpage Water District at 516-931-0093 or visit

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