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South Huntington Water District
Named Best Tasting Water in Suffolk County Again in 2015


From L - R Commissioners Ciro DePalo, Paul Tonna, and Dominick Feeney
With Head Plant Operator (L) Ken Carsten and Field Forman Brian O'Donnell (R)

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Water District Enhances Emergency Notifications By Phone

 

The Water District has now partnered with the Town of Huntington in the use of  Huntington Alert, their well-tested and proven telephone emergency alert system. Used with great success by the Town during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, we were favorably impressed with its employment and have now joined with them to share the same service. So, in addition to receiving Town of Huntington-specific emergency notifications, if the South Huntington Water District should need to issue an emergency alert - for example a water conservation measure, a disruption of service, or a water quality notification - you would receive a prompt telephone notification in the same manner.

 

The Huntington Alert  vendor, "Code Red" uses publicly available contact information to form its notification database. If you received telephone alerts from the Town of Huntington during Irene and Sandy, you will receive them from the Water District. But if you are unsure, or if you have an unlisted phone number where you like to have emergency notifications sent, you are encouraged to visit the "Code Red" web site where this information can be entered. You will also see an option to receive the notification by e-mail. We are assured by the vendor and the Town that this data is secure and for the singular purpose only.

See:

 

 http://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=LSf8rPFn6015J6kJJwhe4Q%3d%3d

 

Much thanks is due to the Town of Huntington for their assistance in allowing us to join with them in Huntington Alert!

 

Naturally, we hope to never need the service, but are confident that should the occasion ever arise, we now have a robust and reliable system in place to keep you well-informed.  

 

 

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District Plans To Modernize Plant #9

 

As part of the Water District's continuing program to update and modernize our vital infrastructure, Well #9 will undergo a major renovation beginning next year. This water production and treatment site, located on Gwynne Road, is an important element in water supply production and treatment for the South Huntington and northern Melville regions of the District. Constructed almost 50 years ago, the site will have its production well fully refurbished, and a state-of-the-art treatment system will be installed to provide water of the highest quality now and into the coming decades. Other improvements will include security fencing replacement, new pavement, an emergency power supply, and a general site improvement to best compliment the quiet residential character of the surrounding area.

The Water District is proposing to finance these improvements through long-term, low-interest bonding, sold through the Town of Huntington. You may have already received a notification of the Bond Hearing to be held during the regular Town Board meeting on June 4, 2013; that same notification is posted on this web site under "Public Notices".

Should you have any questions on the planned project or the bonding process, please give us a call at 631-427-8190, from 8:30 AM to 4:30
PM, Monday through Friday.

 

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Attention Critical Medical Care Water Customers

 

Are you a resident that uses water in a critical medical care situation, such as home dialysis? Or are you a professional, commercial user of water that provides dialysis services or other medical care in which water service interruption will hamper such critical care?

If so, please contact us so that we can place your contact information in our Emergency Notification Roster. Sometimes water service interruptions are unavoidable, such as in the case of a water main break or natural . However,

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Important Water District Phone Notifications

 

Like many municipalities, South Huntington Water has an automated phone system to alert our customers of an important notification regarding your water supply. You may recall that last Summer we activated this system to ask for your additional conservation measures during a particularly hot and dry weekend when water demand was extremely high.

 

From the positive response to that "robo-call", we are confident that we have a very substantial percentage of our customers' phone reach numbers. However, in this age of unlisted numbers, cell phones and a highly mobile population, we request your assistance in keeping our phone database up-to-date. If you have a new phone number, an additional number or just wish to check if we have your existing contact number, give us a call and ask us to review your data. We are here Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM at

631-427-8190.

 

Thank You

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HELP EVEN THE ODDS!

 

ODD -EVEN LAWN WATERING 

After an abnormally warm start to this Spring, the recent weather has turned cool and wet. But there is no doubt that the "Dog Days" of Summer are right around the corner. Dry,  hot weather and the related demand for lawn sprinkling can easily quadruple our normal, average water production.

In order to provide you with a safe and adequate water supply for your irrigation use as well as for domestic and fire-fighting use, we ask your cooperation in spreading out that irrigation load during the Summer. If your house address is an even number, please restrict your lawn watering to eve-numbered calendar days. If your home address is an odd number, similarly, water only on odd-numbered calendar days. Your lawn will be the healthier for it and you'll help in keeping an adequate water supply for domestic use and emergency preparedness.

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ATTENTION ON-LINE BILL PAYERS!

 

It is interesting to see that an ever-increasing number of District customers are paying their water bills with on-line banking systems. We are pleased to accommodate this method of payment, but find many banks mistakenly send payment to our Administration Building here in Huntington Station.

 That is incorrect - we cannot process water bills here.

 Please take a moment now to contact your on-line bill payment service and have them direct your South Huntington Water District bill payments only to our centralized billing office located at:

 

South Huntington Water District

PO Box 9220

Uniondale, New York  11555-9220

 

If you have any questions regarding on-line bill payment - or in fact any billing matter -  please call our knowledgeable Administrative Office staff at    631-427-8190, weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Thanks for your interest and cooperation!

 

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Underground Traffic Report  & "Call Before You Dig"

We've all seen those famous photographs of New York City excavations where the tangle of underground utilities resembles the proverbial bowl of  spaghetti. While Long Island isn't quite that bad yet, as our population increases, so does our own underground traffic congestion. A recent water main break in Huntington Station seemed rather routine until digging began. Once excavated, it was found that the broken 6" water main was directly beneath a heavy concrete drainage pipe with minimal clearance between the two facilities. In order to fix the water main and restore service to the area, a Water District emergency crew neatly cut the large drainage pipe out of the way, allowing access to repair our water main. With the water main repair completed, a Town of Huntington Highway Department crew then reconnected the drainage pipes, another great example of inter-agency cooperation in the Town of Huntington.

 

  South Huntington Water District Mechanic Peter Tischner prepares to remove the last section of concrete drain pipe so the broken
 water main can be repaired. Pete's left foot is on the water main, illustrating the very tight repair situation encountered.

By the way, with that underground congestion in mind, it's a good time to remind our customers - both commercial and homeowner alike - that it's a good idea to "Call Before You Dig" . From a mailbox post to a foundation excavation, if you go it alone, you can never be certain what you will encounter when you dig. Be safe rather than sorry. Call DigNet, The New York/Long Island One Call Center for the location of underground utilities before you dig. And, it's a free service!

1-800-272-4480

or visit them at:

http://www.dignetnycli.com/

 

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 Welcome Aboard, Commissioner Dominick Feeney

The Huntington Town Board recently appointed long-time Huntington Station resident Dominick Feeney as an interim South Huntington Water District Commissioner. Mr. Feeney's appointment follows the recent passing of sitting Commissioner George Kopp. Commissioner Feeney will serve as Commissioner until December 14, 2010. On that date an election will be held to fill that position for the remainder of Mr. Kopp's unexpired term.

Commissioner Paul Tonna (L) administers Oath of Office to Dominick Feeney (C) as Commissioner Ciro DePalo (R) watches

Congratulations Commissioner Feeney!

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Ciro DePalo Takes Office As South Water District Commissioner

Following his election on December 9, 2008, Ciro DePalo assumed the office of Commissioner of the South Huntington Water District on January 1 of this year. Mr. DePalo was officially sworn-in by fellow Commissioner Paul Tonna at the first business meeting of the Board in 2009.

Commissioner Ciro DePalo (left) takes the oath of office from Commissioner Paul Tonna

While he may be new to the role of District Commissioner, many South Huntington Water consumers need no introduction to Ciro. A long-time Huntington Station resident, Ciro has strong and extensive ties to both the residential and business communities in the Water District. Leaning on the strengths gathered by owning and operating his own business in Huntington, Depalo has served on the Committee For The Betterment of Huntington, has sat on the BOCES Committee for Business Career Development and is also a past President of the Huntington Business Improvement District. Additionally, Ciro is very active with St. Hugh of Lincoln Church, serving on its school board, teaching religion classes there and serving on the Board of Directors of St. Hugh/St. Elizabeth Little League. Commissioner DePalo and his wife Lorraine have four children and three grandchildren.

 Welcome aboard, Ciro!

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Low Water Rates, Low Taxes, With The Highest Level of Service

  

A hot-button issue on Long Island is the high cost of living, whether it's the cost of goods and services or the cost of local taxes. Let’s examine the impact of the South Huntington Water District on these very important concerns.

South Huntington’s water billing rates remain the lowest on Long Island. Our few and modest rate increases over the years have been fueled mainly by costs beyond our control, including skyrocketing energy costs and strictly regulated water treatment methods. Nevertheless, South Huntington’s water supply is by far the least expensive of your utility bills. Take a look at the chart below which illustrates the comparative utility costs to a typical household in the South Huntington Water District:

 

A BREAKDOWN OF AN AVERAGE SOUTH HUNTINGTON WATER DISTRICT

 HOMEOWNER’S MONTHLY PAYMENTS

FOR COMMON UTILITIES

 

  

    Similarly, high taxes are always a controversial subject for Long Islanders. We understand that concern at the South Huntington Water District and despite our spiraling costs, we have made a particular effort to keep your taxes low. Take a look at the chart below which illustrates the tax bill of a typical homeowner in the South Huntington Water District and how that their tax dollar is distributed:

  

A BREAKDOWN OF THE AVERAGE

SOUTH HUNTINGTON WATER DISTRICT HOMEOWNER’S TAX BILL

 

     
   

As South Huntington residents ourselves, we too are concerned about the high cost of living on Long Island. And at the South Huntington Water District, we’re actually doing something about it!

 

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Take Care When Disposing Of Unwanted Medications  

The South Huntington Water District reminds our residents to not flush their unwanted medications – either prescription or over-the-counter – down the drain. It was once thought that flushing away unsuitable pharmaceuticals kept children and pets safe from accidental poisoning, but the South Huntington Water District reminds residents that this method is now outdated and is potentially harmful to our environment.

In some areas of the world, traces of these medications are finding their way into area lakes, streams, bays and even relatively shallow groundwater. In recent years, ecologists have come to realize that these drugs are having a minor but discernible effect on the aquatic life in the surface waters. Keeping these pharmaceuticals out of the wastewater stream will help ensure that these chemicals do not end up polluting our varied and precious water resources.

The White House Office of National Drug Control recently created a guideline for drug and medication disposal that includes:

      ·      Take unneeded drugs out of their original containers and place them in with your solid waste materials.

·      To keep these disposed medications further safe from domestic and wild animals, you can mix them with undesirable items such as kitty litter or coffee grounds. Further, you might wish to place them in impermeable containers such as empty cans or sealable bags.

 Recent news stories have highlighted concerns about these same disposed medications finding their way into our drinking water. This issue has long been under study by the various State Health Departments and by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). To date, none of these regulatory agencies has issued testing standards for these constituents nor have they, in fact, determined if they constitute a hazard at all in the minute amounts in the instances where they have been detected. Long Island residents should be aware that the drinking water systems highlighted in the recent news accounts were surface waters, as opposed to our groundwater supply. Long Island’s deep aquifers are less susceptible to this type of pharmaceutical intrusion, being naturally filtered and protected by thick bands of clays, sands and gravels.

Nevertheless, the South Huntington Water District remains vigilant on these issues and is working closely with the USEPA and New York State Health Department on this and other water quality topics. In the interim, we ask your cooperation in the proper disposal of unwanted medications of any type. 

          
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How would you like to save more than $1,500.00?

  

Did you know that if you bought 1,000 gallons of  a very popular bottled water at your local supermarket it would cost you $1,590.00?

 However, if you bought that very same amount of water from the South Huntington Water District, it would cost you a whopping….$0.50!!  That’s a cool savings of $1,589.50.

 Oh, and by the way, we’ll throw in free delivery of our water right to your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no questions asked.

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Water Main Break!

 With more than 260 miles of water main in our distribution system, the occasional water main break is an unfortunate fact of life. But when they do occur, South Huntington’s trained crew of distribution system Mechanics are more than equal to the task. Here are a few scenes from a recent main break in Melville during early January of 2007.

 The first job is to shut the water off to the affected section of broken main. The needed valves are located approximately 4 1/2’ below
 the pavement and operated with a long, t-handled “key”. Here District Mechanic Chris Chan shuts off one of the required valves.

  

Veteran Maintenance Mechanic Dave DeGruchy operates one of the District’s two backhoes, skillfully and carefully exposing the damaged section of water main.

 

 

 

 






Before the 8” diameter main can be repaired, the external surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned of soil and scale. Although the flow of water from the broken main has been substantially reduced at this point, we deliberately keep some water pressure on to prevent debris from entering the broken pipe. That protective effort is also aided by dewatering the trench; note the pump hose below the main.

 

 

 

The main break crew is always in motion and not all of the action is at the scene of the break. Excavated wet, muddy fill and broken pavement must be removed from the job site and dry, stable filled returned; this will act as a firm base for a safe roadway restoration. Once that is accomplished, hot asphalt must be picked up and transported to the site, completing the road restoration. Here, Mechanic Will Chavez pilots the District’s  dump truck, delivering dry sand to the repair site.

 

 



 This particular main break is a classic “ring break” or a crack around the circumference of the cast iron 8” main. Since there has been no severe deflection of the pipe ends, it can be repaired with a split, heavy-duty stainless steel and neoprene clamp. When properly installed and tightened, the strong but flexible steel shell will compress the neoprene  lining against the water main, sealing off the crack. Here’s a good look at the clamp before installation. Other types of repairs – displaced breaks, longitudinal cracks, “blow-outs”, joint leaks and construction accidents – may very well require that large sections of main be replaced. 

 

 

 

The main has been thoroughly cleaned, the clamp centered and the compression bolts are being installed and tightened. District Foreman Brian O’Donnell (right) instructs the District’s newest employee, Mechanic Sean McHugh (left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the main valves are first turned back on, the disturbed water may contain small amounts of rust and trapped air. This is quite normal and the resulting discoloration is not a health concern. To more quickly clear up the water, we flush fire hydrants in the vicinity of the repair to bring new water into the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sean gives the thumbs-up – the water is fully back on to the neighborhood and there is not a drop of water from the repaired main.
 There is still a lot of work to be done, though. The excavation has to be backfilled with clean, dry fill and compacted to 
prevent settlement. The crew will then add road base material, tamp that and finally pave the site with hot asphalt. 

Congratulation to the South Huntington Water District Distribution Crew on another fine job, performed efficiently and safely.

 

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