While all of us are enjoying the holidays, please know that if a water main break occurs, PWD is on it! Plainview Water District crews work quickly to identify leaks and make the necessary repairs.

Water main breaks occur when the freezing and thawing of soil causes the ground to move and, therefore cause water pipes to break.

If you see water bubbling up from the street, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting it to the District at 516-931-6469.

The Plainview Water District Commissioner Election was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Michael Chad was declared the winner over Amanda Field. We appreciate the time everyone took to come out to vote. 

Simple Steps to Protect Against Freezing Pipes and Related Disruptions

Plainview, N.Y.— Winter weather is quickly approaching and it is time to properly prepare your home’s water system to avoid any unnecessary weather-related problems.

The Plainview Water District (PWD) wants all residents to be prepared for the coming freezing temperatures by ensuring they have the tools and tips to properly protect their water systems this winter.  

“There are many quick and simple tips to use to prepare your home’s water system for the winter months,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “If water systems are not properly winterized, they become susceptible to breaks or leaks when exposed to the colder weather. By following these winter preparation tips, POB residents can establish cautionary measures to help avoid water system related issues this winter.”

All Plainview-Old Bethpage residents are encouraged to use these tips to help avoid any damage caused by frozen pipes:

Outdoor Water Systems:

  • Don’t forget to turn off those hose spigots from inside the house and leave the outside valves open to prevent freezing.
    • This helps any trapped water to expand in freezing temperatures, preventing the pipe from bursting.
  • Disconnect and drain all hoses and keep in a warm, dry place for reuse in the spring.

Sprinkler Systems:

  • Sprinkler systems should be winterized to prevent possible leaks and damage to the system.
  • Leaks in sprinkler systems caused by burst pipes can be hard to identify when the systems return back on line, leading to increased water usage and decreased functionality.


Indoor Maintenance:

  • If a customer’s water service is in the boiler room or basement, check the area for broken windows or drafts.
    • Brisk winds and freezing temperatures can cause pipes and water meters to freeze or break.
  • Make sure pipes in unheated areas—like crawl spaces—are properly insulated.
  • It is also advised that all customers clearly label the main water shutoff valve in their home so they are prepared in the event of a water leak emergency.
    • Shutoff valves are typically located where the water service enters the house through the foundation.

Water Lines Leading to Unheated Structures:

  • Be sure to shut off and drain service lines leading to any unheated structures until spring to prevent breaks.

If you have questions about preparing your home’s water system for the winter or general inquiries about your water service, please call 516-931-6469 or send an email to info@plainviewwater.org. Customers of the Plainview Water District are also encouraged to sign up to receive updates by visiting www.plainviewwater.org. Follow the Plainview Water District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/plainviewwater.

District Was Awarded the Funding to Continue Water Treatment Infrastructure Upgrades for Emerging Contaminants

Plainview, N.Y.—The Plainview Water District (PWD) was recently awarded two additional grants totaling $6.4 million as part of New York State’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA). The funding will help with costs associated with constructing state-of-the-art water treatment facilities at the District’s Plant 3 and Plant 4 well sites for the removal of emerging contaminants. With this latest award, the Plainview Water District has now secured more than $34 million in grants from New York State over the past five years.

“We are thankful to Governor Hochul and the state representatives that have made this funding available as it will help us bolster our mission of providing the best possible water to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind “The Plainview Water District is proud to have made substantial improvements to our treatment facilities and related infrastructure projects and this funding will help cover a majority of the costs associated with the investment that our residents will not have to bear.”

The Plainview Water District currently has six advanced oxidation process (AOP) treatment systems in use across its service territory and has been delivering water in compliance with the new strict water quality standards established by New York State. Plainview Water District’s AOP systems were put in place and running long before the NYS compliance date back in 2020. These systems, when coupled with granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration tanks, are the only approved method of removing 1,4-dioxane from the public drinking water supply. Securing more than $34 million in grant funding has been crucial to absorb the necessary investment associated with constructing these required treatment facilities at impacted plant sites throughout the District.

“The PWD is thrilled that we are able to continue to secure these grants on behalf of our residents that will allow us to continue improving upon the high-quality water we deliver to the POB community for decades to come,” said PWD Commissioner Amanda Field. “Our team has been laser focused on the issue of emerging contaminants for years now and we are extremely proud that our efforts have paid off for our community as we never sought or required a compliance extension for the State’s new regulations. We are appreciative of the continued support from our region’s elected officials as it will lessen the monetary impact these significant investments will have on our residents.”

The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 seeks to invest $2.5 billion in wastewater and drinking water projects and water quality protection across New York State. It provides at least $1 billion for the New York State WIIA, which assists municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure. To date, $900 million in Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Grant funding supports nearly $4.5 billion in total project costs for vital drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects statewide.

“We have been persistent in our mission of constructing new and improved treatment facilities, at the lowest cost possible and without sacrificing quality,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “Our residents can rest assured that they are receiving the highest quality water possible and the continued investments being made will ensure that is the case for the future generations of POB residents.”

For further information, or if you have any questions, please call the District at 516-931-6469, email info@plainviewwater.org or visit www.plainviewwater.org. To receive regular updates from the Plainview Water District, please sign up for email updates on the District’s homepage. Don’t forget to stay connected to the Plainview Water District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlainviewWaterDistrict.