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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Reducing Your Use: Getting Ahead of Irrigation Turn-On Season

    Did you know that more than 85 percent of the water pumped by the Bethpage Water District is used for purposes other than drinking—including bathing, cooking, cleaning, and in the warmer months, irrigation?

    As a result of irrigation system turn-ons, average daily pumpage capacity from now until the end of September can more than triple the average demand year-round. For water providers, this means more resources must be utilized to accommodate the surge in demand.

    The Bethpage Water District typically utilizes 2 of its 7 wells in service during the average day in the winter, fall and spring, however, there are days in the summer where the increased demand requires maximum pumping from all 7 wells.

    The Bethpage Water District’s top priority is to exceed all federal and state regulations for drinking water. In fact, the District sets an independent standard which far exceed the mandates set by local, state and federal regulating authorities. We regularly sample drinking water more frequently than required and do so to a higher standard of measurement. The District does this in an effort to ensure Bethpage residents receive the highest quality water possible.

    To meet the growing demand during the hot summer months, the Bethpage Water District must utilize all well locations—3 of which are located in the heart of the Plume—to ensure that there is a plentiful supply of water for all our consumers.  At no time is the integrity or quality of the water at risk.

    We make every effort to ensure our residents enjoy some of the highest quality water in the region, including investing tens-of-millions of dollars into the most advanced water treatment technology available.

    Protecting our water supply is our highest priority and need residents to do their part to help conserve our most precious resource. Residents can observe some of the following steps to conserve their water usage this summer, including:

·         Downloading the EyeOnWater smartphone application. Recently, our District has completed a total overhaul of its water meters, which link to a smartphone application allowing them to review their hourly water usage. Sign up here:

·         Observing the Nassau County Ordinances for lawn watering. If your house number is an odd number, water on odd-numbered days; if your house number is even or non-numbered, water on even-numbered days. There is also no lawn sprinkler use permitted between the hours of 10am-4pm on any day.

Visit the district website for more helpful tips to help conserve your water usage!

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