Water is Earth’s most precious resource, something we rely on daily, take for granted, and yet is something we cannot live without. In Greenlawn, as well as virtually all of Long Island, we draw our water from a magnificent glacial aquifer located right beneath our feet. It is our only source of this most precious resource, making water conservation the most essential key to protecting Greenlawn and Long Island’s sole source water supply.
The Commissioners, Superintendent and skilled staff at the Greenlawn Water District have always been proponents of water conservation. As stewards of this magnificent natural resource, and as we are charged with supplying a plentiful and uninterrupted quantity of water each and every day, 24/7/365, we urge our consumers to be vigilant in conserving water for present and future generations.
A mandate from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to reduce water usage by 15 percent during the peak season is in effect, and by observing some basic practices, we can be compliant.
Rest assured, there is plenty of potable groundwater to meet current and future demands, but conservation offers innumerable benefits, chief among them:
- Assurance that there will be sufficient water and water pressure during times of peak demand.
- Reduction of electricity required to run well pumps.
- Reduction of the need to construct new wells, water mains and tanks to meet increased demand.
Help the Greenlawn Water District protect our water supply for future generations. Conserve Earth’s greatest natural resource!
The Greenlawn Water District urges residents to implement conservation measures.
- Retrofit plumbing fixtures with flow restrictors.
- Modify lawn sprinklers to include rain sensors.
- Install water conservation fixtures.
- Repair 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! That’s an expense, wastes water and requires more energy to meet demand.
Winterizing Homes in Greenlawn
Winterizing homes in Greenlawn in preparation for the colder weather is smart, plain and simple ! Here are a few ways to save time, money and effort this winter.
- Outside Spigots: Turn off all external spigot valves from within your home. Leave them 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 breakage.
- Lawn Sprinkling Systems: Drain them before 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 frigid, windy days and nights. Call the Greenlawn Water District to have it properly locked.
- Interior Pipes: Water pipes are located in an unheated area of your house? 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. If a frozen pipe bursts, it can cause serious property damage.