Water Conservation

Residents Must Reduce Irrigation Usage

In order to meet the water needs of our community during the hotter, dryer months—while simultaneously taking wells offline and constructing the treatment systems necessary to address emerging contaminants—the Port Washington community will be required to reduce irrigation usage by 20 percent.

The below requirements impact the time of day that watering is permitted and the number of minutes sprinklers can operate in addition to some other simple ways to maximize water savings. All residents should prepare themselves, as well as advise their irrigation contractors, of the following:

  1. Turn back watering times for each irrigation zone by four minutes – will help save approximately 20 percent.
  2. Addresses within a the below geographic zones are required to follow their dedicated watering time schedule.
  3. Consider installing a smart irrigation controller. The District has $150 rebates available to residents who make the switch.
  4. Check for leaks or broken sprinkler heads that waste water unnecessarily.
  5. Adhere to Nassau County’s Odd/Even Lawn Watering Ordinance
    1. Even-numbered homes are permitted to water on even-numbered days
    2. Odd-numbered homes are permitted to water on odd-numbered days
    3. All watering is prohibited between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
  6. Ensure automatic rain and soil moisture sensors are working properly.
  7. Make good landscaping choices, such as integration of native/drought resistant plans and xeriscaping, as this will lead to lower water usage.
  8. If you manually irrigate, restrict water to 15 minutes per area with a maximum water of two hours.

We thank every resident for their attention to this important matter as well as their understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 516-767-0171 or email info@pwwd.org.