Winterizing Tips for Your Home

  • Always know the location of your shut-off valve and water pipes in case of emergency.
  • Identify pipes located outside your house; they will be most vulnerable to freezing.
  • Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas to prevent freezing and subsequent thawing and bursting.
  • Check for any cracks or openings in walls, floors and ceilings. Caulking will help to keep cold air from entering those gaps and affecting your pipes, and your heating bills.
  • Disconnect and drain all outside hoses to prevent freezing.
  • Shut down and thoroughly drain all lawn sprinkler systems.
  • Turn off all outside spigots from inside your house, drain the lines and leave the spigots open.

Gary Brosnan Re-Elected as Water Commissioner

Congratulations to Gary Brosnan on his re-election as Water Commissioner of South Farmingdale Water District. Serving as Commissioner since 2000, Commissioner Brosnan will serve another three-year term on the Board. The results of the December 10, 2019 election provides Commissioner Brosnan with opportunity to continue serving the community he has lived in for more than 40 years.

Pilot Program for Treating 1,4-Dioxane Completed

Successful Outcome Leads to Full Plan Design

In 2020, the New York State Department of Health will set a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane at 1.0 parts per billion (ppb). Within SFWD, there is only one well that exceeds this threshold. To comply with the upcoming state standard, the District has committed to installing an Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) at Plant No. 3, Well 3-1, to maintain the high quality standards SFWD is committed to providing. SFWD does not plan on using Well 3-1 at this time, and there is plenty of redundancy within the District to continue an uninterrupted supply of water. Any and all action taken by the District will not affect water quality and water flow for our consumers. To establish proof of concept, SFWD developed an advanced oxidation process pilot program this summer to effectively remove 1,4-dioxane from our source water. The District brought in scientists with leading technology and instrumentation for a full week of testing. Once the testing was completed, samples were brought back to a lab for review of all variables and chemical rates. The Board of Water Commissioners is extremely pleased to report that the pilot program was successful, and the District has gained proof of a successful concept to start the design phase for full-scale treatment. Construction will begin in Summer 2020 and the District anticipates Well 3-1 will be back online within one year. A $3 million grant covers part of the estimated $5 million cost of the construction of the AOP. The remaining budget is covered within our Capital Improvement Campaign.

Iron Removal Filtration System Underway at Plant No. 4

Most people may not know that iron occurs naturally in groundwater. And while you can slightly taste the difference in the water and see a slight color contrast, it is certainly not harmful. After conducting many scientific and engineering studies and recognizing an increase in iron concentration, it was determined that the current system in place at Well 4-1 made it no longer practical to remove iron from the water. In order to maintain a high level of water quality, the District decided to construct two horizontal pressure filters to treat iron levels. Now, all six well sites within SFWD have an iron removal filtration system. Well 4-1 is the only well at Plant No. 4, and the $3 million project was funded through the Capital Improvement Campaign, which started in late October. The project is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2020.