Don’t Let Winter Cause POB Hydrants to Hibernate!

As winter settles in, colder temperatures are here to stay as is the likelihood for a winter storm. The Plainview Water District (PWD) would like to remind residents about the importance of keeping fire hydrants around the Plainview-Old Bethpage community free of snow and other winter debris. By doing so, members of the POB community can assist first responders in emergency situations, and valuable time can be saved.

“As the colder temperatures set in, it’s essential to remind our residents and business owners about the importance of maintaining clear hydrants throughout the community this winter,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “Ensuring fire hydrants are kept clear at all times is crucial to ensure that the fire department can gain immediate access in the event of an emergency. It’s a quick and simple task that we can all do to assist emergency services in a meaningful way.”

Residents are encouraged to “adopt” a nearby hydrant so there is a dedicated person in the neighborhood responsible in keeping it clear during a snowstorm as well as reporting any potential issues. Clearing a three-foot radius around the hydrant will allow firefighters to not only identify their locations with ease, but also provide uninterrupted access during a potential emergency.

“The availability of fire hydrants at all times is essential in emergency situations,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “During an emergency, every moment can be critical, and we cannot predict when or where a fire hydrant might be needed. As a community, it is our job to take precautions and to help our neighbors—this is a simple way to do just that.”

The District is also asking its residents to consider providing assistance to any friends, family members, or neighbors who are not able to clear their own hydrants. Those who leave their homes for the winter season are asked to please notify a neighbor who can ensure a hydrant is still cleared in their absence.

“We encourage residents to be aware of where the nearest fire hydrant to your home is and take part in adopting a hydrant this winter,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “The District remains committed to the well-being of the POB community, and we will continue to raise awareness of initiatives that can benefit residents and emergency services. We thank those who have contributed their time to this worthy cause this winter.”

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.

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PWD Staff is Geared up and Ready to Tackle Any Pesky Breaks

With the winter season in full swing, the Plainview Water District (PWD) would like to once again remind residents that water main breaks are common across the region throughout the season. Nevertheless, residents and businesses should not worry as the District’s skilled staff is well-prepared and equipped to respond promptly to any emergency. Despite a several water main breaks occurring within the District this winter, service was efficiently restored to the affected areas in a timely manner. The PWD team is highly capable of addressing potential emergency situations rapidly, even in cases where nearby residents may not be aware of a water main break.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s an unpredictable consequence of the climate in our region,” said PWD Commissioner Marc Laykind. “Given the freezing and thawing cycles we experience this time of year, it’s inevitable that some main breaks will occur. However, the PWD staff is well-versed in addressing these issues, having the necessary experience, equipment, and preparedness to respond promptly, working around the clock to resolve any such issues.”

As the case with all cold-weather climates, water main breaks are an unfortunate reality as they typically occur when there is movement in the soil surrounding the water pipes or a freeze/thawing condition. Water mains are installed below the frost line; however, when the soil shrinks or swells it places pressure on the pipes causing a break. Though the length of time to repair a leak varies from incident to incident depending on its severity and how quickly the leak can be located, PWD employees are trained to repair all types of breaks efficiently, quickly and safely.

“The District’s response plan helps to ensure residents experience minimal interruptions to their water service when breaks occur,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “We ask that if residents suspect a water main break or any water-related problem in your home or area, please do not hesitate to contact PWD and report the situation. By reporting any suspected or undetected breaks or issues, the District can take necessary measures to prevent service disruption or mitigate potentially severe leaks.”

When water service is restored, residents may notice air in their pipes and the water may be discolored. The discoloration is not harmful, but can stain laundry. If you experience discolored water, let the cold water run from a faucet or tub at the closest area to your incoming service line for a few minutes or until it clears.

“When a water main break occurs, some residents or businesses may experience discolored water or a decrease in water pressure,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “Following a main break, residents are encouraged to monitor their water and contact the District with any questions they may have. PWD wants to ensure that the POB community is aware that we are always here to assist with any water-related issues or questions that may ever arise.”

The Plainview Water District asks for residents’ help in reporting potential main breaks. Residents that notice areas of wetness along the curb, bubbling of water in the roadway or unexplainable icy conditions are encouraged to contact the Plainview Water District immediately at 516-931-6469.

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 filling out the form at www.plainviewwater.org or by following the Plainview Water District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/plainviewwater.

You may have seen this News 12 story about water on Long Island and emerging contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane. Please note, the Plainview Water District has been treating for these contaminants since 2020 and all water wells currently in use have treatment in place to remove the specific contaminants mentioned in this story to non-detectable levels.  https://longisland.news12.com/residents-learn-about-possible-cancer-causing-pollutant-in-li-drinking-water

Since 2017, PWD has been developing and installing treatment systems throughout the District to help rid the water supply of 1,4-dioxane as well as other emerging contaminants such as PFOS and PFOA. 

The District never stops working for its residents in an effort to provide the highest quality drinking water. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at (516) 931-6469 or visit our website.

Do you want to learn more about PWD’s facilities and treatment systems? Visit our projects page: https://plainviewwater.org/about/plainview-water-district-projects/

Water Rate Increase Went into Effect on January 1, 2024

The Plainview Water District (PWD) is committed to providing the Plainview-Old Bethpage community with the highest quality water at the lowest possible cost. The District would like to inform residents and local businesses within its service territory that a modest rate adjustment has been established and went into effect on January 1, 2024. The increase will be used to fund crucial infrastructure improvements and treatment enhancement projects at all of its six water plant sites. In addition to the increased capital needed for treatment projects, the District is also faced with increased operating costs including rising electric costs and electrical demand, treatment chemicals, and laboratory testing and analysis.

“To ensure that the Plainview Water District consistently delivers high-quality water to residents, it is imperative to continue implementing infrastructure projects while also enhancing our facilities,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “We had to introduce minor rate adjustments in 2024 to ensure we have the funds necessary to maintain and operate the District efficiently and effectively. We don’t take raising rates lightly, but were able to keep increases to a minimum due to our team’s significant efforts in securing nearly $35 million—and counting—in state and federal grant funding.”

Specifically, the new revenue will help cover the costs associated with construction, installation and operation of new advanced oxidation process (AOP) and granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment systems to continue treating the community’s drinking water for 1,4-dioxane, PFOA and PFOS. Residents and businesses will receive the first quarter water bill in the month of April 2024, which will be the first bill with the new water rates in effect.

The vast majority of residents will notice a minimal impact on their bills, but this impact could become more significant with higher usage. For the average resident using 30,000 gallons of water per quarter, the new rates will result in an increase of $7.63 per quarter, or $2.54 per month. Minimal users, those using 8,000 gallons of water or less per quarter, will experience an increase of $1.50 per quarter or $0.50 per month. The District encourages all residents to consider adopting water conservation measures this spring and summer, including the installation of a smart irrigation controller, to help lower their bills when water usage reaches its peak.

For more information about the 2024 billing changes, please visit www.plainviewwater.org/billing. For other questions about the District, please call (516) 931-6469 or visit the Plainview Water District website at www.plainviewwater.org. Residents can also sign up to receive information by submitting their email address through the District’s homepage or following them on Facebook in order to stay up-to-date with District activities and initiatives.

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PWD Chairman Marc Laykind Re-Elected to Serve the District for Three More Years

Commissioner’s New Three-Year Term Began on January 1, 2024

The Plainview Water District is proud to announce that Chairman Marc Laykind has won his re-election bid to continue serving on the District’s Board of Commissioners. The District’s annual Water Commissioner Election was held on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. Chairman Laykind began serving his new three-year term on January 1, 2024.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be re-elected as a Commissioner here at the Plainview Water District,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “Serving the Plainview-Old Bethpage community is not just a duty but a great privilege. I am proud to have the opportunity to continue our work and mission here at the Plainview Water District for another three years.”

First elected in 2015 and serving as Chairman since 2017, Chairman Laykind has served on the District’s Board of Commissioners overseeing nearly every aspect of PWD’s operations as a Commissioner and Chairman. Laykind is also an attorney in private practice with offices in New York City and Nassau County. He has been an active member in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community for over 30 years, where he resides with his wife, Debbie, and sons, Matthew and Michael.

Chairman Laykind will continue to work alongside current Commissioners Andrew Bader and Michael Chad as well as the PWD’s staff to continue providing quality water and service to the residents of the POB community.

For additional information about the Plainview Water District, please call (516) 931-6469 or visit the Plainview Water District website at www.plainviewwater.org. Residents can also sign up to receive information by submitting their email address through the District’s homepage or following them on Facebook in order to stay up-to-date with District activities and initiatives.

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