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October 31, 2012

Conserve Water Order

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has issued a Conserve Water Order for Nassau County residents. Hurricane Sandy has caused a crucial infrastructure failure at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

At this time, the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant is not operational and therefore cannot treat sewerage. This outage impacts residents residing south of the Long Island Expressway from the Queens border to the Meadowbrook Parkway with exception to Cedarhurst and Lawrence.

The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) advises residents of this public health concern and to avoid contact with sewage which initially may backup at manhole covers and basement drains. The DOH advises residents to:

  • Avoid contact with sewage
  • Wear gloves and use soap and water for any required clean-up, followed by disinfecting the area with a 10% household bleach solution
  • Items which cannot be cleaned must be discarded.

Until further notice, a Conserve Water Order is now active and residents of the Bay Park Sewage District are directed to:

  • Limit water usage immediately, including a ban on watering grass and washing cars
  • Limit laundry and washer/dryer usage to full loads
  • Shorten shower time
  • Limit flushing toilets.

Residents with non-life threatening emergencies, such as sewage backup, should dial 1-888-684-4274. All those with life threatening emergencies should dial 911. For more information on the Conserve Water Order, please visit the Nassau County Health Department website

For more information on storm preparation, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane

If residents have LIPA related electrical concerns, please call LIPA’s customer hotline at 1-800-490-0075. Please note that LIPA is experiencing a high volume of calls and that system outages continue to be restored.

As always, feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you have for the county or any particular issue where I may be of assistance. My telephone number is 516-571-6209.

Thank you.

Rich Nicolello


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