Please take notice that pursuant to the Town Law of the State of New York, the Commissioners of the Port Washington Water District will hold a public hearing on a proposed water rate increase for the Port Washington Water District on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00PM  at the office of the Port Washington Water District 38 Sandy Hollow Road, Port Washington, NY 11050.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

Port Washington Water District

By the Board of Commissioners

David Brackett, Chairman

Peter Meyer, Secretary

Mindy Germain, Treasurer

Please take notice that pursuant to the Town Law of the State of New York, the Commissioners of the Port Washington Water District will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 Budget for the Port Washington Water District on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the office of the Port Washington Water District 38 Sandy Hollow Road, Port Washington, NY 11050.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

Port Washington Water District

By the Board of Commissioners

David Brackett, Chairman

Peter Meyer, Secretary

Mindy Germain, Treasurer

 

Please take notice that the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday July 11, 2018 has been rescheduled to Thursday July 12, 2018 at 8:00am.

Board of Commissioners
Port Washington Water District

 

The Port Washington Water District (PWWD) would like to notify its customers that a modest rate adjustment will be implemented beginning January 1, 2018. The additional revenue will help the District pay for past, current and future infrastructure projects needed to ensure the health and safety of the water supply while remaining under the 1.84 percent tax cap.

“The District works hard to provide its customers with the highest quality water at the lowest possible cost while ensuring unwavering compliance with all the federal, state and local regulations,” said PWWD Board of Commissioner Chairman David Brackett. “We are dedicated to improving efficiencies wherever possible and cutting costs whenever the opportunity exists. In fact, we have been able to hold water rates constant for the past two years, despite the increasing costs of energy, major infrastructure protection and water-quality testing.”

The rate adjustment means that the average homeowner within the District’s service territory will notice an increase of approximately $2.97 per month. Prior to imposing the rate increase, the District conducted a thorough review of the present water rate structure and property taxes with respect to the fiscal needs of the 2018 budget. The District’s 2018 expense budget will be $6,568,920. In order to remain within the 1.84 percent tax cap and maintain a high level of service and reliability in regards to the critical drinking water infrastructure, an increase to water rates was necessary.

“Even though we look for efficiencies and economies of scale in everything we do, the budget for the coming year requires the District to increase revenues slightly to offset the rising costs for infrastructure needs and plant operations,” said PWWD Commissioner Peter Meyer. “Unfortunately, these needed infrastructure projects, maintaining our existing infrastructure components and purchasing chemicals for treatment are not cheap. But we hope our customers understand what these additional funds go to support: A safe and reliable drinking water system.”

Aside from the actual cost of purchasing equipment, materials and chemicals, debt service—which represents capital investment into the water system—will increase by $747,675 when compared to the 2017 budget. The increase in debt service is attributed to the following major capital projects that have been completed or are currently underway throughout the District since 2012:

  1. Installed a nitrate treatment facility at Well No. 4 to lower nitrate levels.
  2. Installed a packed tower aeration treatment system at Well No. 6 to treat the water for organic chemicals.
  3. New service lines, fire hydrants and over 4,000 feet of 8-inch water mains were installed in the Manhasset Isle area.
  4. Replaced approximately 4,500 feet of water main on Circle Drive.
  5. Rehabilitated Sandy Hollow Wells No. 1 and 2, Neulist Well No. 1, and Wells No. 7 and 11 to improve reliability and production.
  6. Installed new access hatches and vents on the Neulist underground storage tank.
  7. Made repairs to the Southport elevated water storage tank.
  8. Replaced the booster and transfer pumps at the Christopher Morley Park water treatment plant.
  9. Began construction of the new Beacon Hill water tower.

“Each one of these vital projects is needed to improve the reliability and resiliency of our aging infrastructure as well as address any concern about water quality,” said PWWD Commissioner Mindy Germain. “Even with this significant amount of capital investment and improvements to our supply and distribution system, the District will be able remain within the 1.84 percent property tax cap established for 2017. However, water rates will need to be adjusted to provide an additional $515,000 in projected revenue to avoid piercing the tax cap.”

For more specific rate information, please visit the District’s website at www.pwwd.org. If you have additional questions about the rate adjustment, water quality, or anything else regarding your water service, please feel free to contact the District at 516-767-0171 or by email at info@pwwd.org.

LEGAL NOTICE

Please take notice that pursuant to the Town Law of the State of New York, the Commissioners of the Port Washington Water District will hold a public hearing on a proposed water rate increase for the Port Washington Water District on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00PM  at the office of the Port Washington Water District 38 Sandy Hollow Road, Port Washington, NY 11050.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

Port Washington Water District                                                                By the Board of Commissioners

David Brackett, Chairman                                                                      Peter Meyer, Secretary                                                                     Mindy Germain, Treasurer

Please take notice that the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday November 1, 2017 has been cancelled.

Board of Commissioners
Port Washington Water District

Paul J. Granger, P.E.
Superintendent

Dated: October 25, 2017

Notice is hereby given that an Annual Election will be held on the 5th day of December, 2017 at the Polish American Citizens Association, Inc., 5 Pulaski Place, Port Washington, NY 11050, between the hours of 12:00p.m. and 9:00p.m., for the purpose of electing one (1) Commissioner of the District for the term of three (3) years, commencing January 1, 2018.

         Notice is further given that pursuant to Subdivision “20” of Section 215 of the Town Law, a Resolution has been duly adopted by the Commissioners of such District providing that candidates for the District shall file their names with the Secretary of the District or at the District office no later the 3:30 p.m. on November 2, 2017 and in addition, require that such nomination be submitted in Petition form, as provided by the District and available at the District office during regular business hours, subscribed by not less than twenty-five (25) qualified registered voters of the District.

In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the Port Washington Water District produces an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This in-depth report is filled with important information regarding water quality, cost, sources, treatment and more. The most recent Drinking Water Quality Report can be found on our Water Quality page and can be viewed online as a PDF.

In an effort to better serve our consumers with information and timely news, we’re proud to launch our new website! Now you can easily access the District’s site by smartphone, tablet and desktop.

The new site features an upgraded “News” section that will be updated regularly with the latest developments throughout the District. Navigational features also include information on “Billing,” “Conservation” and “Current Projects“.

The site will also provide information regarding ordinances, public notices, fact sheets and soon consumers will be able to pay their bill online through an easy-to-access payment system.

The new, responsive website was designed and developed to provide a more streamlined, user-friendly experience for consumers. “It was important to the District that we stay up to date with emerging technologies and provide easy access to pertinent information and services. Our goal is to provide a valuable tool and reliable resource for all consumers,” commented Commissioner Peter Meyer.

The Port Washington Water District (PWWD) is setting the benchmark for water conservation with its progressive and proactive Be Smart and Green, Save 15 campaign. Joined by local government officials, the District laid out plans last summer to reduce District-wide water consumption by 15 percent during the irrigation season.

The campaign reflects estimates by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that pumpage amounts may be surpassing Nassau County’s permissible yields by 15 percent. “The Be Smart and Green, Save 15 water conservation campaign is vital to the sustainability of our sole source aquifer,” said David Brackett, Chairman of PWWD’s Board of Commissioners. “As we head into the peak part of the summer in terms of water consumption per resident, we implore the community to come together, to join this ever-important effort and to implement some simple yet effective conservation tactics to conserve our most precious natural resource.”

The campaign has been designed to educate residents and to provide helpful suggestions to effortlessly reduce their water consumption. “If we continue pumping at current levels, we will be jeopardizing the future sustainability of the peninsula’s water supply by introducing the irreversible effects of saltwater intrusion,” said PWWD Commissioner Mindy Germain. “The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is undertaking a study that will give us an exact picture of our pumpage yields and will allow us to fully understand what level of pumping will keep  our supply sustainable. Until this study is complete, we ask that all residents strictly adhere to Nassau County’s ordinance of the odd-even watering schedule as this will have a positive impact and contribute to our conservation goals in a very significant way.”

Aside from educating residents, the District has expanded its water conservation program by implementing a distribution leak-detection program that has already identified 17 locations where water is being wasted. By fixing these leaks alone, the District anticipates achieving a water savings of more than 113,000 gallons per day!

In addition, the District will consult with its top water users to improve their water efficiency by reviewing existing irrigation systems to reduce water waste.

Last summer the District pilot-tested EPA WaterSense smart irrigation controller technology at its administration building, which resulted in a significant reduction in SAVE Be SMART and GREEN, water use while maintaining a green lawn. “The District is doing everything it can with the resources at its disposal to identify and to target locations throughout the District where water is unnecessarily being wasted,” said PWWD Commissioner Peter Meyer. “The use of state-of-the-art technology enabled us to save large sums of water. The District’s smart irrigation controller pilot program at our headquarters, for example, has kept our lawn and plants green while saving more than 52,000 gallons of water since we conducted the pilot last summer.”

To learn more about this program, visit our Be Smart and Green, Save 15 page within our website, and visit our Conservation page for helpful tips and suggestions for conserving water at home, or your place of business.