Hurricane Season is Here, but the Plainview Water District is Prepared

In the Event of Power Outages and Other Impacts of Severe Weather, Water Will Keep Flowing

Plainview, N.Y. —In the event of a difficult hurricane season and other extreme weather, The Plainview Water District (PWD) is prepared despite any potential flooding or widespread power outages. The District is well equipped to continue to provide residents with the highest quality water possible, regardless of the weather. In the past, when our region has experienced significant storms—such as Irene, Sandy and Isaias—water never stopped flowing to Plainview-Old Bethpage (POB) residents.

“Every year, the District works diligently to take precautionary measures to plan for both short-term and long-term weather related situations,” said PWD Commissioner Marc Laykind. “These plans ensure that our supply and distribution system operations can handle any severe weather event. We have planned accordingly and made the necessary investments in both infrastructure and manpower to keep water flowing twenty-four seven.”

All water pumps and treatment facilities rely heavily on electricity in order to operate. If a power outage does occur, the PWD has its own emergency generator facilities on standby at all of its plant sites to automatically take over supplying electricity. The generator equipment is maintained year-round and tested frequently to ensure it is always ready when needed. In addition, all members of the PWD are trained and prepared to use the equipment and handle many different emergency situations like hurricanes and tropical storms.

“Part of all of the PWD’s continued infrastructure and improvement projects are designed to provide back-up power to our facilities,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “Ensuring that our facilities are self-sufficient and can remain operational is due to all of the hard work of our teams and professional engineers who design these systems.”

The District is also a member of New York’s statewide Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (NYWARN) of utilities that encourages and supports emergency preparedness across the state, as well as disaster response and mutual aid for public and private water and wastewater utilities. As a member of NYWARN, neighboring water suppliers from across the state provide emergency assistance when necessary. The PWD is proud to help assist its neighboring water systems in case of an emergency.

“Any weather-related matters such as power outages can be extremely stressful situations to deal with,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “We want our residents to be fully aware that all District facilities and staff are prepared to act immediately should our facilities lose power or be impacted in any other way by a severe storm. The Plainview-Old Bethpage community can be sure that the District will continue to provide high-quality water, no matter the circumstances surrounding the weather.”

For further information, or if you have any questions, please call the District at 516-931-6469 email or visit 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.