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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Water Conservation Urged as Demand Peaks

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The Suffolk County Water Authority is currently experiencing unprecedented demand for water . This incredible demand is primarily due long periods of excessive heat and residents’ lawn irrigation systems operating during the overnight hours.  

The Authority is asking customers to help by immediately changing the settings on sprinklers so that they follow an odd/even schedule, and to adjust watering times so that sprinklers do not operate during the 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours. 

When everyone waters their lawn at the same time in the early morning, it stresses the Suffolk County Water Authority wells and storage tanks. New wells and pumps must be built just to satisfy this peak demand period, which equates to millions of dollars in costs to our ratepayers. These added costs can be easily avoided if we all work together to change our watering habits and shave that peak. 

With the community’s help we will preserve our precious resource and ensure that there is plenty of water to address emergencies and so that there is an ample water supply for everyone.

On Long Island, our aquifer is our only source of clean, safe drinking water. When people take this resource for granted, it hurts all of us.  

People can also participate in the SCWA Water Wise programs. Customers can receive up to $50 off their SCWA bill just for purchasing a water-saving device. Eligible water-saving devices include low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, rain sensors for irrigation systems, smart irrigation controllers and smart valves. 

 SCWA also offers Water Wise Checkups—one-on-one consultations between customers and our water use experts. Our experts identify excess water usage in and around your home and provide you with a road map for potential savings on your water bill.  A link to instructions on how to participate in both of these programs is included below.https://www.scwa.com/water-customers/customer-service/water-wise/

 


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