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Mangano Issues Conserve Water Order

This generally impacts residents residing south of the Long Island Expressway from the Queens border to the Meadowbrook Parkway.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano Tuesday evening issued a Conserve Water Order as Hurricane Sandy has caused a critical 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 generally impacts residents residing south of the Long Island Expressway from the Queens border to the Meadowbrook Parkway with exception to Cedarhurst and Lawrence.

County and State critical response teams are actively working on a solution.

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; and

·             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; and

·         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 www.nassaucountyny.gov/health.

chavi October 31, 2012 at 03:45 AM
is woodmere affected?
Richard R. October 31, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Can you drink the West Hempstead water?????? Is the tap water safe to wash and drink? This must be confirmed or denied. This is important, it's not a game. This concerns all of our families. Also, can we name the towns, not parkway boundaries??? This is being treated like a board game you guess questions and answers.
Tracy Anne October 31, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Lawrence and cedarhurst are excluded, what about inwood?
paul October 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM
The water on Long Island was never really that safe to drink... The ground water on the Island is carcinogenic ..etc... Yuk......
STEPHEN WANGEL October 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Is this just another example if how we got caught with our pants down? Why if it there is no backup plan? Was this about the lack of power, or did the plant sustain damage?
Stephen J. Bronner October 31, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Yes, Woodmere is part of Bay Park's coverage area.
Stephen J. Bronner October 31, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Inwood uses Bay Park, so yes. Lawrence and Cedarhurst have their own treatment facilities.
Stephen J. Bronner October 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
There's no concrete answer to this, but it would be safer to just avoid consuming tap water for a day or so.
Rvc October 31, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Is Rockville centre water affected?
Matthew Hogan October 31, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@Rvc: See here for all Rockville Centre updates: http://rockvillecentre.patch.com/articles/mayor-murray-state-of-emergency-still-in-effect -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor
Stephen J. Bronner October 31, 2012 at 08:09 PM
The plant apparently sustained significant flooding. Here's a follow up: http://fivetowns.patch.com/articles/storm-floods-bay-park-plant-county-executes-emergency-measures

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