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Lead Questions Addressed: Here are the Facts

story-breakNew Water Rates and Conservation Initiatives

Water conservation has become increasingly obligatory for all of us. The New York State Department of Conservation established new consumption goals and reporting procedures for all water purveyors on Long Island in the spring of 2017. This requires a 15% reduction in peak season water consumption within the next 3-4 years.
The Roslyn Water District is working to accomplish this goal with a series of initiatives that are, at this point voluntary and/or suggestions.

They include the “Save 2 Minutes” program outlined below, the voluntary irrigation program and the new water rate schedule.

This new schedule encourages conservation through increased rates for increased usage. The overall rate increase is less than 10% over 2017. However, if we have a dry summer those who do not control their irrigation systems could see irrigation usage take them into significantly higher rates per gallon, and significantly increased water bills.
Residents with multiple irrigation zones might be wise to consider installing a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, which acts like a thermostat for your sprinkler system telling it when to turn on and off based on local weather and landscape conditions.


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

The Roslyn Water District has initiated a program designed to save up to 10% of the Districts’ 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.

Recently the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has mandated that all water suppliers present a plan to reduce peak season watering demand by 15% over the next 3-4 years. This is the result of their analysis of annual water pump age for Nassau and Suffolk counties confirming that peak water demand more than doubles during the warmer months. Irrigation is the primary cause of this seasonal increase.

The “Save 2 Minutes” initiative recognizes the typical 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 voluntary 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 and for future generations.”

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.


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New Water Rates effective January 1, 2018

Dear Valued Customer,
The Roslyn Water District works hard to provide its customers with the highest quality water at the lowest possible cost while ensuring compliance with all federal, state and county regulations. We are dedicated to improving our operations. As a result, the District has increased water rates as of January 1, 2018.

New Water Rates as of January 2018
            0 – 21,000 Gallons……………………..................$0.95 per 1000 gallons
            21,000 – 42,000 Gallons………......................$1.19 per 1000 gallons
            42.001 – 108,999 Gallons……………………….... $1.78 per 1000 gallons
            108,001 – and over Gallons………………………...$2.55 per 1000 gallons
            0 – 7,000 Gallons…………………………………………$0.95 per 1000 gallons
            7,001 – 14,000 Gallons……………………….………$1.19 per 1000 gallons
            14,001 – 36,000 Gallons……………………………..$1.78 per 1000 gallons
            36,001 – and over Gallons…………………………..$2.55 per 1000 gallons
            Fire Line
            2 inch …………………………………………………….…. $276.07
            4 inch……………………………………………………….….$552.13
            6 inch…………………………………………………….…...$1104.00
            8 inch………………………………………………………....$2208.00
            Hydrant……………………………………………………… .$143.75
            Siamese Connections…………………………………..$71.87

story-breakLead Questions Addressed: Here are the Facts

For more than 25 years, the Roslyn Water District has been in full compliance with the EPA mandated lead and copper testing requirements. Because testing has consistently documented our compliance, testing is required only every third year. Virtually identical paragraphs have appeared in prior Annual Water Quality Reports. The full AWQR is available on the home page of this website.

During 2017, the District collected 30 samples for lead and copper. None of the samples analyzed exceeded the action levels that would require more frequent testing. The next round of samples will occur in 2017. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women, infants, and young children. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home's plumbing. Roslyn Water District is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in your home’s plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using your water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or at or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

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Dear Resident:

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Roslyn Water District, I would like to thank you for your trust, cooperation and compliance with last year’s irrigation restrictions.

As a result of your compliance, as well as the District’s installation and operation of new water treatment systems, new transmission mains, upgrades in facilities, and favorable weather conditions, we were able to meet last summer’s demand.

While we have successfully completed many projects, some critical ones that are nearing completion will not be fully operational at the beginning of the irrigation season. Therefore, it is necessary to continue the existing irrigation restrictions. Please follow the same irrigation schedule as 2017.

The Commissioners and staff express our appreciation for your past and continued compliance helping to insure that there is a plentiful supply of water for us now and for future generations to whom we owe the obligation of stewardship of our precious resource.

We remain confident that we can rely on your continued support and cooperation as the 2018 irrigation season approaches. We intend to communicate further as the season progresses and with your help, look forward to another successful summer.

Once again, thank you for your cooperation.

Very truly yours,

Michael J. Kosinski
Chairman, Roslyn Water District


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story-breakSuperintendent's Message
Why Maintaining Water Pressure is Important

Superintendent Rich Passariello
Superintendent Rich Passariello

Over the past months as we have presented the intrusion problems experienced by our wells, I have often been asked to explain what water pressure has to do with the storage tank water levels. We experienced many of the same questions when we asked those with Automatic Irrigation Systems to alter their watering schedules last summer.

Summer Water Demand Dropped in Water Levels Here it is – some important information on the current situation.

Throughout this newsletter, in our mailings to residents and on our website, we are asking the residents of the Roslyn Water District to restrict their water usage this summer… especially with lawn irrigation.

Two of the District’s eight wells are currently out of service. A third well is also at risk.

If water consumption and usage were constant from hour to hour, we would not have the same level of concern for the summer months. However, usage is not constant as early morning automatic irrigation causes a major peak in demand, dramatically lowering the water levels in the storage tanks.

This drop in water levels reduces the water pressure throughout the system.

The key to delivery of safe water is to maintain adequate water pressure throughout the system. A drop in water pressure may create significant problems.

Low pressure can allow outside foreign substances to infiltrate the mains. Low pressure can also make it possible for water from pools and other sources to back siphon into the water supply.

Thus, adequate pressure in the system helps assure the water flow supplied to your residence is safe for consumption.

With the continued cooperation of the residents of the District, and the various government and regulatory entities, we are confident that the restrictions and concerns we are all experiencing will be limited in duration.

- Rich

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story-break Emergency Generators
Have Unexpected Consequences For Water Delivery

With so many automatic irrigation systems in our community, the Roslyn Water District has a concern that should another serious event present itself, emergency generators would not only provide household electricity but also activate automatic irrigation systems. The cumulative effect of these irrigation systems would seriously impact the District’s ability to generate enough power to keep the storage tanks and water pressure at acceptable levels.

According to Board Chair, Michael J. Kosinski, “this is a classic case of good intentions having unforeseen negative consequences. However, there is a relatively simple and economical procedure to alleviate the problem. Generator installations can be equipped so as to prevent irrigation systems from operating while the generator is running. The technology and systems for accomplishing this can be easily implemented and will not interfere with normal irrigation/generator testing schedules.”

Information on installing these systems is available from your electrical contractor and/or irrigation system supplier.

Presently, the District is asking residents with installed or planned generator systems voluntarily incorporate these simple cutoffs.

In the meantime, the District, in cooperation with other water districts, town, county and government officials are working to establish a way of insuring these cutoffs are installed with all emergency generator systems.

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story-breakCredit Card Scam Alert!
“Recently a number of residents throughout Nassau County have received phone calls from individuals representing themselves as water bill collection firms. They insist the recipient remit a payment via a credit card over the phone.
If you should receive a call of this nature, immediately notify your local police authorities. The Roslyn Water District never calls customers to request payment and does not accept credit card payments.”

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From The Board

Working Towards A More Transparent Government

Much is said today about transparency in government. The Roslyn Water District Board of Commissioners wants you to know the ways we are working to keep you informed and up to date on the District. This includes the quality of the water delivered, the reliability of the systems involved and the efficiency of the operations.

Included in this website is the Annual Water Quality report. It includes a wealth of information on the quality of the water delivered which meets all government standards and requirements. It also includes information on the source of the water, the average cost per household and the current water rates. Also included is information on watering restrictions, system improvements and contacts for additional information.

While this Report is now required of all water purveyors, the Roslyn Water District began publishing it 20-years ago, prior to it being mandated.

This website and the Distrist newsletter provide additional information on annual pumpage, back flow devices and their necessity, new equipment, new systems designed to make the overall operation more cost-effective and responsive to the District residents. This includes the reverse 911 system, the Automatic Meter Reading system, and the new SCADA program designed to provide continuous, real-time monitoring and control of the water acquisition and distribution system.
Meeting dates, budget and contact information plus other pertinent information is also found in each issue.

This site provides a downloadable version of the annual water quality report and much more.

We invite you to peruse the site to see the depth and scope of its contents including: News, History, Board Members, Budget Information, Water Education, Contact Information, Detailed Water Rate Information, Links to other related facilities, Public Notices (hearings, elections, etc.), and more.

If you are in need of a District form or more information on the District Ordinance, these are also on this website.
The District also provides key budget, hearing and meeting information for the Town of North Hempstead website, www.tonh.org.

Finally, the District Office staff is readily available to answer your questions or be of assistance. The office is open daily from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Putting it all together, the Commissioners and Management of the District are working to keep you well informed on the policies, efficiencies, quality and events of the District. If you have a suggestion or question regarding any aspect of the operation, please contact the office at 516-621-7770

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Roslyn Water District
Residence Security Recommendations

Roslyn Water DistrictCriminals often see Senior Citizens as easy victims, especially when it comes to in-home robberies. Citizens are requested to call the district offices at 621-7770 if they have any questions about Water Service personnel in their area or at their door.

The District Offices know the exact block each District employee is assigned throughout the day, and a simple call can help avoid unwanted visitors or worse. In addition, the office staff has been trained to assist you and the authorities in the identification and description of any uninvited visitors.

Citizens should be aware that all Roslyn Water District vehicles are clearly identified and all employees wear distinctive uniforms with the Roslyn Water District Logo.

Your Nassau Police Department
has provided this list of precautions when answering the door:

  • Never automatically open your door, even if you expect a caller
  • Do not rely on a chain lock to keep anyone out.
  • One-way peepholes are inexpensive and easy to install, simply by drilling a hole through your door.
  • If you look out and see a stranger, no matter how familiar or authoritative the uniform looks or how clean cut the caller looks ask that credential be slipped under the door.
  • You have the right to refuse to deal with any businessman, serviceman or ‘official’.
  • You have the right to check out specifics by telephone while the visitor waits outside.
  • If you are not interested – say so, without opening the door.
  • Put dead bolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Never hide keys outside – burglars know how to locate hiding places.
  • Always lock your doors and windows when you leave.

Automatic Meter Readers – another safety factor
Your Roslyn Water District reminds you that the installation of Automatic Meter Readers eliminates the need for residential access by Water District Employees. Residents who have not received their free installation are encouraged to call the District offices for an appointment. It will probably be the last time that a District employee will need access to your home.

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Disaster Preparation
The district's emergency response plan and vulnerability assessment have been documented and are designed to assure a continuous supply of quality water in the event of an emergency.

Emergencies come in many forms...rainstorms, snow/ice storms, earthquakes, fires, man-made and other events. We must be prepared for the full variety of possible situations.

You can help: if you see something, say something!
In addition, the District requests that all residents who border well stations, or other water district properties, report any unusual or suspicious activity. While there have been no direct threats against our most precious resource, we are including this aspect as another way of ensuring the security of our water.

Residents should be aware that all entries to plants by the Water District are with vehicles plainly marked "Roslyn Water District". All RWD employees have distinct uniforms and identification badges. Any suspicious activity should be reported promptly to the Nassau County Police emergency line 911. If you have any questions, please contact the Roslyn Water District at 516-621-7770.

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Tap Water Is A Bargain

Tap Water is a Bargain photoThe economy has made everyone more aware of the cost of many everyday items. Here is an idea that can save money and help improve the environment. Drink Tap Water. The quality water RWD provides is fresh, clean and refreshing and costs about one dollar ($1.00) per 1000 gallons. In everyday numbers this means a gallon of water costs about a tenth of a cent ($0.001), a quart costs $0.00025 and a five gallon jug runs just about a half a cent ($0.005). Compare these costs to those of a gallon or quart of bottled water from the store, or a 5 gallon bottle delivered to your business or residence.

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Your district office is often asked why we are adding chlorine to our water supply. Chlorination is mandated by the Nassau County Health Department to insure that all water supplies are protected from their source to your residence. This protection is utilized by the majority of water suppliers throughout the United States.

The Roslyn Water District carefully controls and monitors the level of chlorine introduced to the water supply but on occasion, you may detect a slight chlorine odor. This is usually found when a faucet has not been used for several hours (ie: Overnight). Simply let the water run for a minute or two and the detected odor should dissipate.

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