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From the Desk of Charlie Prucha, Superintendent, South Farmingdale Water District: September 11, 2009

We hope everyone has been enjoying the warm weather and later part of the summer now that the rain has gone away. The rain this season was good for our gardens, lawns and flowers, but as drier weather continues, many of us will continue watering and using irrigation systems to keep our properties green.

Conservation Counts

We encourage you to use your water resources when needed, but we also ask you to adhere to the regulations that govern our water supply. We urge your cooperation in being as conservative in your water use as much as possible.

Within our District we enjoy some of the best water in the country, and it costs 2 percent less than the national average. And with your help, we can keep it that way.

Following are some tips for water use and conservation that will help safeguard our water supply while still helping you water your lawns and gardens.

Watering Your Lawn

Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation.

Use a simple test to check soil moisture - walk across your lawn, and if you see footprints in the grass, it’s time to water.

By Nassau County Ordinance, even numbered addresses and non-numbered homes can water on even numbered days; odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered days. County Ordinance also prohibits watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Backflow Prevention Devices

If you have or are going to install a water irrigation system, by law you must install a Backflow Prevention Device.

A Backflow Prevention Device prevents contamination of the public water supply, so that water from the district wells remains potable and suitable for human use. The Device must be tested annually and certified to be functioning properly. One of our responsibilities at The District is to test your residential backflow device for free!

Commercial accounts must hire an independent backflow tester. In both accounts, if the device needs repair, the owner must hire a plumber and is responsible to pay for the parts and labor. An application is available at our office located at 40 Langdon Rd.

For more information on Backflow Prevention Devices or to leave comments, suggestions or feedback on any other subject regarding your water supply, we urge our consumers to call 249-3330 or visit