Notice of Adoption

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting held on the 12th day of February 2019, the Board of Commissioners of the South Farmingdale Water District duly adopted a resolution, an abstract of which follows, which resolution is subject to a permissive referendum pursuant to Town Law Article 7.

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Winter is Coming! Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

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It’s that time of the year, and it’s likely that we will see our share of snowfall this winter season. During snowstorms, snowplows may blanket many of our neighborhood fire hydrants, making it nearly impossible for the local fire departments to locate them quickly during an emergency situation. In the event of a fire, precious time is lost when firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them., 

The South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) is asking local residents to be aware of any fire hydrants that may become buried during a snowstorm or after a snowplow comes through the neighborhood. 

SFWD is responsible for the maintenance of all 1,250 fire hydrants within our District, a public safety measure often taken for granted. Hydrants require regular painting to remain visible to firefighters. The District also routinely tests all hydrants for performance, inspects them for leaks and flushes them to maintain maximum pressure.

As members of the communities they serve, SFWD Water Commissioners are very aware of safety and operational issues that affect us all. They stated, “We have a deep sense of personal responsibility to our fellow neighbors and we thank all our consumers in advance for their cooperation in keeping fire hydrants visible this winter.”

Helpful Tips and Suggestions to Winterize Your Home

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Cold weather and heavy snow can certainly effect your home or business. Extreme weather conditions may lead to pipes freezing and eventually bursting.  Here are a few winterizing tips that you can apply during the winter season to help avoid devastating damages:

  1. Identify the pipes that will be most affected or most vulnerable to freezing…inside and outside of your home or business. Pipes in unheated areas in your home or business can become problems in cold weather. Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas to prevent freezing and subsequent thawing and bursting.  Foam insulation works well. This insulation can also reduce the amount of water that must be run before hot water is discharged from faucet or showers.
  2. If you see a leak, don’t hesitate to fix it.  If you cannot fix the leak yourself, call a professional plumber to remedy the problem before it becomes a major expense.
  3. To further safeguard pipes, especially in uninsulated areas, open any cabinet doors under sinks, particularly those located on outside walls. This allows the warmer room air to help prevent freezing.
  4. Disconnect and drain all outside hoses to prevent freezing.  Outdoor hoses should be stored where they will not freeze to prevent cracking.  Replacing hoses can be expensive!
  5. Turn off the water that leads to the spigots outside your house.  Drain the lines and leave the spigots open during the winter.
  6. Foam insulation covers are available for outside spigots.  They are inexpensive and can be extremely helpful.
  7. Shut down and thoroughly drain all lawn irrigation systems. Check meter pit covers to assure that they are securely bolted down and intact.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, call in a professional.
  8. Attention snowbirds! If you are snow birding to warmer climates, or going away for a lengthy time during the winter, consider shutting off your water pump and water heater.