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Roslyn Water District initiates “Save 2 Minutes”
Water Conservation Program

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Repositionable sticker for your
irrigation control panel are available
from the RWD business office

The Roslyn Water District has begun a program designed to save up to 10% of the annual irrigation water usage.

The program is outlined in a brochure now available to residents, automatic irrigation service organizations, civic associations and local government agencies. It advises that the timing of each zone in residents’ automatic irrigation system be reduced by just 2 minutes.

This is the second major initiative introduced by the District. It recognizes the desire of the District residents to maintain attractive lawns and gardens while emphasizing the very real need to conserve and protect our quality water.

This follows the successful program initiated in 2015 which staggered irrigation schedules by community that resulted in a dramatic improvement in water availability during peak demand.

The “Save 2 Minutes” initiative recognizes the average duration of irrigation per zone is 20 minutes. By reducing the timing in each zone by 2 minutes, the homeowner can reduce their irrigation consumption by up to 10%. Irrigation specialists have indicated that this 2 minute reduction should not impact residents’ lawns or gardens.

According to Michael J. Kosinski, chairman of the Roslyn Water District, “Automatic irrigation accounts for more than half the total water usage in the District.  Implementing this program throughout the District can go a long way towards the goal of insuring the District is able to equitably distribute an adequate supply of quality water for our residents.”

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According to Richard J. Passariello, RWD Superintendent, “We are extremely proud of this unique, sensible and easily executed initiative and look for its implementation throughout Nassau County, Long Island and across the State of New York. We are all looking for homeowner friendly and significant measures for water conservation.”

The Roslyn Water District is one of the oldest public water suppliers on Long Island, having been established in 1910.

The Roslyn Water District serves all of the Villages of Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, East Hills, and portions of Roslyn Heights, Roslyn Harbor, Flower Hill, North Hills, Greenvale, Albertson, Glenwood Landing and Port Washington.

The Roslyn Water District serves more than 5,700 residential and commercial customers in a 5.1 square mile area. The District has a population of 17,900 and serves an additional 1,800 people in Albertson and Glenwood Landing.

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Stormwater Pollution & Green Infrastructure Solutions

 

 

 

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water conservation schedule4/21/17

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1. HAVE YOUR CONTRACTOR Set Automatic sprinklers to meet above water restrictions

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ENTER THE AGE OF AUTOMATIC SPRINKLING SYSTEMS
The convenience of electronically controlled systems provides a new flexibility for our residents. No longer is there a need to drag hoses or move sprinklers from location to location.

A significant percentage of our residents were irrigating their gardens between 4:00 and 6:00 am. Thus, the impact on the stored water capacity was greatest just as our commuters, school children and others are beginning their daily routines.

Each day, the District brought all three storage tanks up to anticipated usage levels with a total capacity of approximately 6 million gallons. Demand peaks at 6:00 am. On most mornings and for most of the calendar year this daily replenishment of fresh water from our aquifers was adequate.

However, during the summer months, the water demands on the District doubled, reaching 7, 8 or even 9 millions gallons per day. You can readily see the importance of spreading demand over a greater portion of the day.

The Roslyn Water District asks those with automatic irrigation systems to be certain to instruct your irrigation systems people to schedule your timing to the 2015 RWD watering schedule above.

Note: New smart systems are now available for enhanced water conservation

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2. Follow Nassau County Watering Rules
and Voluntary Irrigation Schedule

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3. Backflow Rules Protect You

Backflow devices and Cross Connection control regulations protect your home, family and neighbors…

If you have an inground irrigation system, or a swimming pool you likely paid to have a Backflow valve installed. Many have questioned the need for Backflow valves and even more have questioned the need for annual inspection.

Backflow Valve

What It Does
A Backflow valve simply prevents water from reversing direction and flowing back into the main water supply. This reversing is called “backflow.” It is often a result of a sudden drop in water pressure due to a main break, demand from a hydrant (for a fire, etc.) or other incident. Without the benefit of a working Backflow valve this sudden reversal of the water flow could carry contaminants of all types with it as it returns to the primary water supply mains.

Why It Needs Annual Inspection
Whether used in a pool or irrigation environment, these Backflow valves occasionally “hang up” due to minerals and other foreign materials that tend to accumulate within their mechanisms. This test is intended to assure a properly working device.

The Legal Background
The passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 made water utilities responsible for monitoring the quality of water at the consumer’s tap, necessitating water utilities to administer cross-connection control programs.
In compliance with State and County requirements, the districts require properly working Backflow devices to be installed wherever a potential backflow problem exists and also require an annual inspection of all installed Backflow devices. More information on Backflow valves and inspection is available at www.roslynwater.org.

The Roslyn Water District serves all of the Villages of Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, East Hills, and portions of Roslyn Heights, Roslyn Harbor, Flower Hill, North Hills, Greenvale, Albertson, Glenwood Landing & Port Washington.

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Pumpage Chart 20134. Summertime Irrigation Doubles Roslyn Water District Pumpage

Summer irrigation dramatically impacts the volume of water the District must provide each day. During the summer months the District’s water consumption more than doubles. This has become more dramatic as more and more residents install Automatic Irrigation Systems.

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5. Proper Disposal of Potential Contaminants

STOP SignS.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants)
2017 Dates

Westbury High School
Saturday, June 24
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

North Hempstead Beach Park North Lot
Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program offers residents of North Hempstead the opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Many people do not realize that ordinary household products, such as aerosols and cleaners, can be corrosive, explosive, or toxic if mixed indiscriminately with regular household garbage. Please take an extra moment to check labels for warnings, and please take advantage of the S.T.O.P. dates to ensure safe disposal. 
Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, radioactive materials, and commercial or industrial wastes are not accepted. This program is only open to Town Of North Hempstead residents and the Town will only accept residential waste. No waste will be accepted from any resident’s business or home office 

What Pollutants Are Accepted:

• Electronic Waste (See below list of accepted e-waste) 
• ONLY rechargeable, lithium, button and car batteries
• Compact fluorescent bulbs
• Air conditioning refrigerants
• Ammonia and solid bowl cleaner
• Anti-freeze
• Bug and rodent killers including 2, 4-D (Especially pesticides which have been banned or restricted for use)
• Bleach and disinfectants
• Chemistry kits
• Drain cleaners and degreasers
• Fertilizers and herbicides
• Mercury products
• Non-latex paints
• Paint thinners and brush cleaner
• Photography chemicals
• Some polishes and wood preservers
• Swimming pool chemicals
• Spot removers and other solvents
• Unused oven cleaners
• Unused flammable liquids (fire starter)
Weed killers
The Town of North Hempstead will NO LONGER be collecting pharmaceuticals at S.T.O.P. dates. To dispose of pharmaceuticals, please bring them to your local police precinct.
Important Message About Attendance and Participation at a Town of North Hempstead Sponsored S.T.O.P. Event
Preparation at home before your arrival at the event:
To the extent feasible all participants should place all of the items they are dropping-off in their vehicle’s trunk or a back area accessible by a lift gate. All items need to be packaged safely and responsibly. Any containers that could possibly leak should be placed in a plastic bag, preferably clear, sealed to prevent leakage, and then placed in a cardboard box to prevent the items from moving around while the vehicle is on its way to the S.T.O.P. event.

Proper participation upon arrival at the event:

S.T.O.P. events are quite popular and therefore there is usually a good turnout. Town of North Hempstead employees along with our various partners for the day will make every effort to process participants as quickly as possible. To do so your cooperation is necessary. For your safety and that of your fellow participants, all drivers must follow the directions of the staff managing the event. If you do so, participation should be as simple as, you pull-in, wait in line until you have reached the drop-off area, unlock your trunk or lift gate remotely – while remaining in your vehicle -- and the event staff will safely remove your items and direct you safely, either onto the next drop-off point or the event exit.

Important information about the disposal of paint
Latex Paint:
Many Town of North Hempstead residents are under the impression that water-based paints and latex paints are considered hazardous and must be disposed of at a S.T.O.P. drop-off event. This is INCORRECT. You can properly dispose of Latex and water-based paints as follows: Remove the lid from the paint can in an area where the can will remain undisturbed for at least 24-72 hours. Once the paint contents have dried out completely, the paint content will have shrunk in diameter sufficiently to be dumped from the can. The dried paint contents can be disposed of with your regular trash in a sealed plastic garbage bag. The now empty metal (tin) or plastic container can be placed in your recycling container for metal, glass and plastic items. Note: Some residual dried paint on the container is fine and will not interfere with the container’s recyclability. Latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at a S.T.O.P. drop-off event.

Oil Based Paints:
Oil based paints on the other hand, are considered hazardous, and will be accepted at any S.T.O.P. drop-off event day. Please package oil based paint properly when bringing it to a S.T.O.P. event. If the cans are not sealed properly please bag them in plastic bags to prevent leakage both in your vehicle during transport and after drop-off. Place oil-based paint items in a cardboard box and place the box in your truck or wagon back.

The Shredding of Confidential Documents and Papers at S.T.O.P. Events
The shredding services provided at Town of North Hempstead sponsored S.T.O.P. events are solely for residents. No shredding will be accepted from any resident’s business or home office. Participants are limited to a maximum of 6 boxes or bags per vehicle, per event, due to time and capacity constraints.
The Town of North Hempstead is proud to make available to all town residents at our S.T.O.P. events the safe destruction of documents and papers while you wait and watch at no additional cost. Your documents are shredded and put into containers and sent for recycling.

Residents are invited to bring any paper documents and files to all S.T.O.P. events from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Please remove paper clips, metal binders and file folders with metal inserts before dropping-off your papers.
Clothing and Gently-Used Household Items Residents Can Drop-Off at S.T.O.P. Events
The Town of North Hempstead is proud to make available to all Town residents at our S.T.O.P events the service, through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters charitable organization, of donating clothing and gently-used household items.

Electronic Equipment Covered by the Law*:
Note: Only the items listed below will be accepted at Town of North Hempstead drop-off locations for electronics. Other electrical devices not covered by the NYS Law, must be placed out for regular garbage collection.

Computers (including laptops, desktops, tablets and e-readers)
Televisions
Cathode ray tubes
Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the computer peripheral.)
o Monitors
o Electronic keyboards
o Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
o Facsimile machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)

Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the small electronic equipment.)
o VCRs
o Digital video recorders (DVRs)
o Portable digital music players
o DVD players (including projectors with DVD player capabilities intended for home-use)
o Digital converter boxes
o Cable or satellite receivers (including digital media receivers)
o Electronic or video game consoles (including both handheld devices and those intended for use with a video display device)
Small scale servers

Covered electronic equipment does not include: any motor vehicle or any part thereof; camera or video camera; portable or stationary radio; household appliances such as clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, ovens, ranges or dishwashers; equipment that is functionally or physically part of a larger piece of equipment intended for use in an industrial, research and development or commercial setting; security or anti-terrorism equipment; monitoring and control instrument or system; thermostat; hand-held transceiver; telephone of any type; portable digital assistant or similar device; calculator; global positioning system (GPS) receiver or similar navigation device; a server other than a small-scale server; a cash register or retail self-checkout system; a stand-alone storage product intended for use in industrial, research and development or commercial settings; commercial medical equipment that contains within it a cathode ray tube, a flat panel display or similar video display device, and is not separate from the larger piece of equipment; or other medical devices as that term is defined under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

* If you are unsure if your electronic device is covered by this law, please contact NYSDEC at (518) 402-8706 or email ewaste@dec.ny.gov.

For more information, please call 311 if within the Town or (516) 869-6311, if outside the Town

 

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6. Electronic Waste Recycling

DVD players, cell phones and computers may contain lead, mercury or arsenic. To avoid these toxins from seeping into the ground water the Town of North Hempstead has added E-Waste Disposal at all S.T.O.P events and every Sunday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM at 999 West Shore Road, Roslyn.



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Roslyn Water District Recommends Water-Efficient
Home Plumbing Products to Cut Water Costs

Nobody likes a high water bill. So the Roslyn Water District reminds customers that other than closely monitoring the amount of water you use, the best way to save money is to use water-efficient home plumbing products, including aerated shower heads, energy-efficient clothes washers, and 1.6 gallon per-flush toilets. By using these products in the home residents will lower water costs. According to a report issued by the American Water Works Association, the use of water-efficient plumbing across the nation would decrease the amount of water used by 3.5 billion gallons per day.

"It's amazing how much water we can save by using the proper plumbing fixtures," stated Superintendent Richard Passariello. "If any of our residents are concerned about high water bills, they may want to look into the plumbing mechanisms they currently use in their homes. We welcome phone calls from residents interested in learning more about saving money and water by using more efficient plumbing equipment."

The report released by AWWA also projects that reducing the amount of water nationally,by 3.5 billion gallons per day would result in smaller operating and maintenance costs at local water utilities. When you combine the water reduction with energy savings from conservation, communities could save a significant amount of money.

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Remember, Garden Hose Water Not For Drinking

Garden Hose Water Not For Drinking PhotoYour RWD cautions against anyone, especially children, from drinking water directly or indirectly from an outside garden type hose.

Most garden hoses are not designed to keep water clean and potable. Stagnant water within the hose can promote a variety of harmful bacteria and other contaminants.

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H and O, Our Smallest Servants: Part I

Despite our familiarity with water, it is a mystery of creation. Its elements of hydrogen and oxygen should be totally incompatible. Separately they are highly flammable and even explosive. Both are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Surprisingly, when used separatily as gas and ignited by a welder these elements can melt steel. RWD Yet as water, these two elements combine to provide the very basics for life itself.

water molecular portraitThe water molecular portrait looks like a clock with the face representing oxygen. Perched at exactly 104.5 degrees from center sits one molecule of hydrogen and at the other side, another hydrogen molecule.

Oxygen is the most abundant element. It is present in almost 50% of the earth's crust and 21% of air. Hydrogen is always in combination with an almost unlimited number of compounds. Yet, in the oddest of the relationships with each other, these two pyromaniacal elements when joined, make up the familiar substance we know as water. Contrary to most things, water expands when frozen and then is capable of splitting steel pipes.

Water itself is equally strange. No matter what form, or temperature as a liquid or even ice, it is never at rest but seeks to leave its form to escape into a vapor. It's a cloud, a fog, and dew. It leaves our body with each and every breath.

Water is a universal solvent capable of wearing away stones and anything that may be in its path. Perfectly neutral, it can jump to acid or base when coaxed with another substance giving endlessly novel compositions of matter. Polluted water can leave its sullied state as a vapor only to be returned as rain, forgiving of human assaults, yet still willing to slake our thirst and cater to our infinite needs.

Water monitors our planetary temperature interceding as clouds, rain and ocean currents to regulate our climate. Its clouds parcel out moisture from one part of the globe to another, making its appointed rounds in seasons favoring tropics and great river basins.

Water obeys the call of the heavens. Tides rise and fall to a cosmic cue exactly for time and tide and place. The sun and the moon alignment immutably govern this ancient rendezvous. Many creatures depend on this for their life cycles. At birth we issue out of water. Every living creature carries its own cache of water.

Help Our Smallest Servants Help You

  • Conserve Water!
  • Limit the use of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Dispose of hazardous household chemicals at authorized sites.

Our Smallest Servants: Part II

Although water is common to all life, it was never understood for almost all of recorded history. The ancients classified elements as earth, fire, air and water. Aristotle opined that, "fire is hot and dry, whereas air is hot and moist and water is cold and moist while Earth is cold and dry".

This opinion remained until relatively modern times when electricity became a tool of science that a chance test of an Englishman, Henry Cavendish in 1783 passed an electric current through a sealed tube of water which "disappeared" when the current was turned on causing hydrogen to separate from oxygen as gases as water disappeared. Thinking that he had a leaky glass container, he repeated the test with the same results. The Cavendish experiment is called hydrolysis. Later, Lavoisier named one of the gases "hydrogen" meaning water maker and the other "oxygen". Thus, "H" and "O" entered our lexicon of science.

Everything about water is unique in the way of elements in natural states. Water even defies the usually strict law of physics that at low or freezing temperatures, all substances become denser, but not water. At freezing, instead of following the rules, water expands and takes a crystalline structure that breaks pipes, cracks concrete, etc. Instead of more density, it takes on a less dense crystalline form that floats on water as ice.

All this led to new thinking about elements. If water never existed we would have to invent this wondrous compound.
Water will continue to surprise us, there are new marvels ahead from it. The hydrogen content may well be the fuel of our future as in "Fuel Cells", a new modality using hydrogen to power our cars with an exhaust of just water. Prototypes of automobiles fueled by hydrogen already exist.

Our Smallest Servants: Part III

There are three states of most matter, gaseous, liquid and solid. Many solids are crystalline. The latter are materials with an orderly atomic arrangement, so much so that the color, shape and design can readily identify the material of the solid.

But water is the rare substance that can exist at times very naturally in any one of four states: vapor (steam, dew) liquid, solid (as ice) and as almost endless crystal designs with an incredible flair for flowering shapes.

It all starts as a vapor in the clouds. At the beck-and-call of temperature of 32 degrees F, or lower, molecules of water from each wisp of vapor form into infinite crystal designs of stars, hexagons, hollow columns, dendrites, needles and other shapes. These are all as colorless as clear water and are not yet snow until descent when these crystals attach themselves to one-another-and another and another getting bigger and bigger on the way down. They soon take a new whiteness disguise only because of the way light reflects on the millions of colorless crystals clustered together now seen as snowflakes covering the ground; as a downey white blanket.

Our Smallest Servants: Part IV

rainbow chartPrevious H&O columns describe the many guises of water; its elemental structure, how it changes in form, how it is affected by lunar motion, how our climate is modified and other unusual properties. Another phenomenon about water is its artistry.

Free of palette and paint with just natural sunbeams and purely colorless specks of water suspended in air after a rain, the rainbow melds all into a perfectly formed arc of red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet placed orderly within the arc.

Actually the rainbow arc is really a perfect circle. We see just the top of it because the horizon cuts the other half of the circle from our line of sight. (But it is possible to see a full circle rainbow called a 'glory' from an airplane with the sun behind the aircraft).

Sunlight is a mixture of many different wavelengths of light. When passed through a prism, the light is bent and different wavelengths form into a band of colors. In much the same way, sunlight passing through the tiny droplets of pure colorless water measuring a tiny diameter of 1/50 to 1/25 of an inch, the droplets act as a prism to separate the color wavelengths of the sun into the colors we see.
When watering a flower bed with hose nozzle set to 'fine-spray,' try to back up on sunbeams. You may spy a short but real rainbow.

 

- A. Jack Russo

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Nature is Our Most Formidable Recycler

Recycle LogoWith water surrounding us on Long Island and Nassau County it is sometimes difficult to remember our need to conserve and protect this precious resource.

Long Island Sound to the North and The Atlantic to the South provide many business and recreational benefits; however, none of that water is currently available for drinking or household usage.
We get our water from deep underground wells that reach into three huge 'reservoirs' called "Aquifers" - The Upper Glacial, (upper), The Magothy, and Lloyd (deepest).

Aquifers are recharged from local streams, marshes, ponds and lakes on Long Island. These local sources, of course, are extremely dependent on rainfall and on our ability to protect them from contamination and pollutants. Since we depend on groundwater for our public water supply, it is crucial that we all work to properly manage our resources to ensure an adequate and continuous supply of high quality water.

Our aquifer system can be thought of as an enormous groundwater reservoir, or tank, containing a vast but finite amount of freshwater. Precipitation adds water (called recharge) to the tank. Nassau County has numerous recharge basins to collect stream water to assist this process. Water discharges from the tank by three means: consumptive use, streamflow, and underflow. ("Consumptive use" is the term for the water that is pumped out and not returned. "Streamflow" is the water that flows above ground and also discharges to the surrounding bays and Long Island Sound, and an "underflow" which is water that leaves the system underground and discharges into the surrounding bays and Long Island Sound.)

Based on consumption rates and the current average rainfall of 44 inches per year, experts confirm we are in balance with nature. Clearly, our goals are to protect the purity of our Aquifers and to conserve this balance of water used with that finite amount available.
Currently, we are utilizing almost 3/4 of the water available, and with the rapid residential and business expansion on Long Island we need to be increasingly vigilant in our use and allocation of water resources. This includes actively protecting valuable open land, wetlands, and other environmentally sensitive areas.

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Water Conservation Tips
Here are more ways to save water:

Water Conservation Tips PhotosIndoors

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Fix faucet leaks.

Outdoors

  • Water your lawn only when it needs it.
    A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, fetch the sprinkler.
  • Deep-soak your lawn.
    When you do water, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems.
  • Water during the cool parts of the day.
    Early morning generally is better than dusk since it helps prevent growth of fungus.
  • Don’t water the driveway or street.
    Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not paved areas. Also avoid watering on windy days.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.
    Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with far less watering than other species.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
    Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth, too.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings.
    Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not as visible. But they can be just as wasteful as leaks inside. Check frequently and keep them drip-free.

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Water Related Winter Suggestions
We suggest that each homeowner follows a check list of important preventive measures around their homes and vehicles…especially if you plan on an extended visit to a warmer climate.
Here is a partial list of preventive measures to consider:

  • Set your home thermostat no lower than 60 degrees
  • Check your water meter pit cover to assure it is securely bolted down and the cover is intact.
  • Insulate all hot water pipes in unheated areas to prevent freezing and/or bursting.
  • Disconnect and drain all outside hoses and fittings… including pool areas.
  • Drain all lawn sprinkler systems
  • Don’t forget to have your vehicles serviced for winter.
  • Be certain to have emergency kits in your home and in your auto.
  • Have water lines and heating system professionally drained if appropriate.

Fire Hydrant PhotoKeep Your Fire Hydrant Clear – Summer and Winter
Finally, Your local firefighters ask you to keep your hydrants clear of snow, ice and other debris during the winter months and during the summer months, clear of shrubs and other plantings that inhibit access. 
Coping with emergencies often depends on minutes. Llosing time while gaining access to a hydrant could be dangerous for firefighters, property and your family.

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Make Your Property A Special Groundwater Protection Area

The Roslyn Water District suggests that you view your property as your own especially designated groundwater protection area. This is property "...managed in such a way as to maintain and improve water quality" (S 55-0105 Environmental Conservation Law).

Homeowners can employ various strategies to protect ground water from contamination including changing waste disposal and storage practices, using nonhazardous products, and properly managing septic systems and underground heating oil tanks (UTs).

Waste Disposal
Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to treat harmful substances such as paints, solvents, oil, or pesticides, so these chemicals should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped into the sewer. Similarly, these substances should not go in the trash or be dumped on the ground or buried.

More importantly, limit use of such products and substitute a nonhazardous product when possible. When this is not possible, buy only as much as you need. Hazardous products used around the home include some oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, bleaches, rust removers, paints, solvents, polishers, carpet and furniture cleaners and glues. If you don't completely use up a hazardous product take advantage of the Town of North Hempstead S.T.O.P. program to properly dispose of them.
If you must use pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn and garden, use them in moderation.

Alternatives to Hazardous Cleaning Products
Whenever possible, use cleaning products that will not harm the environment. Look for the "environmentally friendly" products at the market. Many household products such as shampoo and baby ointment contain zinc. Paints and solvents may contain lead.

Cesspool/Septic Systems
Anything you pour down the drain or flush down the toilet will enter your system and will affect its ability to treat wastes. Do not put hazardous substances or items like coffee grounds, cigarette butts, or grease in your toilet or garbage disposal. Limit the amount of water entering the system by using water saving fixtures and appliances.
Be certain to have your septic system pumped periodically.

Underground Heating Oil Tanks (UTs)
Become aware of the existence and condition of UTs on your property: Check your records.
Have your tank tested for thickness to determine if it is leaking. If your underground tank is more than 20 years old, consider removing it and replacing it, (with an exposed tank that can be easily inspected) or properly abandoning it in place.

Floor and Stormwater Drains
Some homes have floor drains in the garage or basement, which may lead to disposal systems that then discharge into the ground. Residential storm drains also provide a conduit and are subject to receiving the same harmful wastes. Use less water during vehicle maintenance and avoid spilling, pouring or washing automotive and other waste fluids down garage floor or community storm drains.
Each of these efforts will contribute to protecting the groundwater and making you property a "Special Groundwater Protection Area."

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From the Environmental Protection Agency

eps sealSeven Suggestions to Protect Against Lead Contamination

  1. Make sure your children have a play area that is away from major streets and highways where lead air pollution can be concentrated. Remove or cover contaminated soil from around your home.
  2. Since 1986, it is illegal in New York State to use lead solder in plumbing systems. Be sure this law is observed when plumbing work is done in your home.
  3. Plant your vegetable garden in a safe, lead-free areas away from painted buildings and heavily traveled roads.
  4. Avoid storing or serving food or beverages from ceramic pitchers or plates with colorful lead-based glazes. Do not store liquids in lead crystal because lead may leach out. Short-term use for serving does not pose a threat.
  5. Make sure children do not chew on anything covered with lead paint. This includes toys, windowsills and cribs.
  6. Keep windowsills, furniture and carpets free of paint dust and chips. Vacuum or dust often with a moist cloth. Cover any areas of chipping or peeling paint with adhesive paper. Mop floors frequently with a wet mop and wash children's hands often, especially before they eat.
  7. Never use hot water directly from you tap for cooking or for making infant formula. Lead dissolves quicker in hot water than in cold. Always draw cold water and heat it on the stove.

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