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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bethpage Water District Urges Residents to Prepare for the Winter

Helpful Tips for the Upcoming Winter


With the winter season approaching, Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners William Ellinger, John Sullivan and Gary Bretton remind residents to take action in order to protect their pipes, sprinkler systems and meters against possible damage from freezing temperatures.


“It is important for residents to take the proper precautions to protect all water pipes against freezing because the low temperatures could cause pipes to burst, leak and other potential costly damages,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman William Ellinger. “The Bethpage Water District staff is available to answer any questions you have about winter-proofing your property.”


To help residents protect their homes and avoid costly repairs due to weather damage during the cold months ahead, the District offers the following tips:


  • Drain all sprinkler systems and turn them off to keep pipes from breaking.
  • Drain and turn off any outside faucets to prevent freezing and breaks.
  • Disconnect any garden hoses during the winter months.
  • Check your water meter pit cover to assure that it is securely bolted down and that the cover is intact.
  • Shut off and drain water service lines to unheated structures until spring to prevent breaks.
  • Let cold water drip from faucets that are fed from water pipes located outside the wall overnight. The constant flow of water prevents the pipes from freezing.
  • Open cabinet doors to help heat flow toward un-insulated pipes.


For more information, please contact the Bethpage Water District at 516-931-0093; visit the District’s website or the District’s Facebook page              


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