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Letter: South Farmingdale Water District: Local Control Means Lower Water Rates

On behalf of the South Farmingdale Water District, I felt it was important to issue a clarification and response to recent reports about dramatic differences in water costs in adjacent communities.

South Farmingdale Water District is a public utility, run by local commissioners.  The district runs a fiscally sound operation and is held accountable to the community it serves.  Because it is a local government, non-profit entity, there is no profit motive.  Rates are set by actual operational expenses.

Our commissioners and most of our employees have lifelong roots in the community, and great care is given to maintaining the highest quality of water at the lowest price possible.  

The facts are simple:  Unlike private water utilities, our water rates are about two percent below the national average (source: American Waterworks Associations) and our consumers’ water tax is less than 1.7 percent of the total tax bill.

I’d also like to add that the South Farmingdale Water District has been maintaining and delivering an uninterrupted supply of the water to customers since 1931...for almost 80 years!

To that end, the district ensures public health and safety, actively promotes the conservation of our most precious resource, cooperates with all local and New York State authorities, and pledges to fulfill this mission in an efficient, economical and environmentally sound manner.  And we provide the highest level of customer service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

As always, I invite members of the community to reach out to the water district if they have any questions about their water. For more information please contact us at (516) 249-3330, or visit our website at www.sfwater.com.

Charlie Prucha, Superintendent

South Farmingdale Water District