Bethpage Water District Blog

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winter Preparation

Make Way For Fire Hydrants

The Bethpage Water District Commissioners William J. Ellinger, John F. Coumatos and John R. Sullivan remind residents to clear all snow and winter debris blocking fire hydrants on or near their property to ensure that any first responder can easily access fire hydrants in the event of an emergency. 

“As temperatures finally begin to decline, we ask that you do your part to help keep the Bethpage 

community safe by clearing snow and ice from fire hydrants,” said John F. Coumatos, Secretary of the Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners. "The Bethpage Fire Department needs to have efficient access to fire hydrants to protect us in the event of a fire emergency. Every winter season, the help our community provides to ensure hydrants are readily accessible to the fire department is crucial in saving lives.” 

In addition, The Bethpage Water District asks residents to also think of neighbors, family members and friends who plan to leave their homes for an extended period of time, or who are unable to clear their fire hydrants without assistance. Residents should notify their neighbors if they plan to leave home for the winter season to make sure the hydrants will be cleared. 

The Bethpage Water District tests the community’s hydrant system twice a year to ensure they are fully operational in case an emergency situation should occur. In addition, district hydrants are repainted and receive a maintenance check-up each year. 

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

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