“With summer around the corner, it’s imperative that residents follow guidelines and keep water restrictions in mind when filling their pools,” said Bethpage Water Commissioner William Ellinger. “Taking the extra time to ensure safety and enough water for the community is worth it.”
In addition, the Bethpage Water Commissioners would like to remind residents that New York State regulation requires the testing of backflow prevention devices for swimming pools by a certified tester from the State Department of Health annually. The tests ensure that if water pressure is reduced or fails from issues such as a water main break, contaminated water from the ground or other sources cannot be drawn into the public water supply. The Bethpage Water District will send personnel to test these devices free of charge to residents within the community.
Residents should use the following tips to help conserve enough water to help decrease his or her bill:
- If the pool is above ground, check for any possible holes or leaks before you begin filling up.
- Remember not to turn on the pump until the swimming pool skimmer is half way full, to prevent burning up your pump.
- Keep the circulation system on the entire time while filling up the swimming pool.
- Do not leave the pool unattended whilefilling it. Someone should be present at all times to turn off the water in case of a problem, and for safety reasons.
- Do not add any chemicals to the pool until it is full, and only add the amount of chemicals suggested by the pool manual.
For more information on the Bethpage Water District including backflow testing, please visit bethpagewater.org, or The Bethpage Water District’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BethpageWaterDistrict.