Conservation

Winterizing Homes in Greenlawn:

Long Island has enjoyed a long and stunning Indian Summer, but the calendar (and NOAA) indicate that Old Man Winter is lurking nearby. The time for winterizing homes in Greenlawn in preparation for the colder weather is now! Here are a few ways to save time, money and effort this winter.

Outside Spigots: Turn off all your external spigot valves from within your home. Leave the valves open on the outside so that the water line will fully drain.  This will help prevent frozen or burst pipes.

Hoses: Disconnect all hoses and store them to prevent freezing and possible breakage.

Lawn Sprinkling Systems: These must be drained before the cold weather sets in. If in doubt, contact the Greenlawn Water District.

Meter Pit Covers: You’ll typically find these in your lawn. Check the meter pit covers to ensure that they are tightly closed. If your meter pit covers are loose or ill fitting, your meter may freeze, especially on those frigid, windy days and nights. If your meter pit cover is loose, call your local Water District to have it properly locked.

Interior Pipes: Are your water pipes are located in an unheated area of your house? If so, make sure to cover them with insulation to prevent freezing.

Shut-off Valve: It’s always smart to know where your shut-off valve is located, especially in case of emergencies.

Leaks: Leaks always seem to happen at the worst time, and winter leaks can lead to big damages. Remember to check or listen for leaks, especially during the cold winter months. If a frozen pipe bursts, it can cause serious property damage.

Any questions, please contact the Greenlawn Water District at 631-261-0874.

Saving Water Makes Sense!

With respect to potable groundwater, Long Island is a region of abundance.  There are vast reserves of water pooled in aquifers beneath Long Island’s surface.  But conserving water and watching our water consumption is the best way to ensure that it will be available for future generations.  The Greenlawn Water District urges residents to implement conservation measures.  This can include retrofitting plumbing fixtures with flow restrictors, modifying lawn sprinklers to include rain sensors, and installing water conservation fixtures.   And of course, repairing leaks in the home.

How many gallons do you use daily?

Typically, a person uses some 150 gallons of water a day. Most is used in the bathroom and closer examination reveals why. If you leave the tap open when you brush your teeth, you could use two gallons of water. Believe it or not, a small drip from your faucet can waste more than 50 gallons of water per day! And of course that’s an expense, wastes water and requires more energy to meet demand.