Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection

Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection


Become Water Wise with LICAP!
1) Limit Lawn Watering

- Try an Odd/Even Schedule: Odd numbered addresses water on odd days, while even numbered addresses water on even days.

- Use a Smart Sprinkler System: These devices have built-in water saving features including weather sensors that adjust optimal sprinkler run times to reduce wasted/excess water. Enter the LICAP Smart Sprinkler System Lottery using the form below for your chance at a free smart system with rebate for installation from LICAP (Great Neck, Greenport, Long Beach and Sayville customers ONLY. While supplies last).

- Use a Rain Sensor: These devices can be added to most existing irrigation systems to reduce wasted/excess water.

- Reduce Run Times/Run Days: Manually adjust irrigation timers to water 2/3 days per week with shortened run times per zone. This reduces over-watering which helps support deep root growth for a healthier lawn.

-Change irrigation timers to run between 9 p.m. and midnight to reduce water use during peak hours.

2) Detect and Fix Leaks
- A one drop per second leak wastes 1,661 gallons a year.
- To check for leaks:
     - Make sure all faucets/spigots inside and outside your home are closed tightly.
     - Look at your water meter and note the number.
     - Leave faucets/spigots closed for 20 minutes.
     - Look at your water meter again. If the number changes, you likely have a leak.
     - Inspect the piping in your home for cracks and leaks. Check outdoor piping and
       hoses as well.

To check for toilet leaks:
     - Remove the toilet tank lid.
     - Drop one tablet or ten drops of food dye into the tank.
     - Put lid back on. Do not flush.
     - Wait 10-15 minutes and then check the bowl. Id the food dye appears in the water,
       your toilet is leaking.
3) Limit Indoor Water Usage
- Limit shower times to less than 5 minutes and save as much as 1,000 gallons a month.

- Make sure the faucet is turned off when brushing teeth, shaving, and soaping hands and
  save up to 200 gallons a month for a family of four.

- Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.

- Aerate your Faucet: Installing a WaterSense labeled aerator on your faucets is one of the most cost effective means to use water more wisely in your home. You can increase the faucet’s efficiency by 30 percent without decreasing performance.

4) Limit Outdoor Water Usage
- Instead of washing your car in the driveway, bring it to a commercial car wash that
  recycles water instead.

- Consider a "low maintenance lawn" that uses native ground cover that requires little
  water instead of grass.

- Use mulch when planting to prevent water loss through evaporation.

- Sweep outdoor surfaces with a broom instead of using a hose.
5) Use EPA WaterSense Products
- Look for the EPA WaterSense logo when purchasing washing machines, dishwashers, 
  showerheads, sinks, toilets, faucet aerators, and other water products. The average
  home, retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, can save 30,000 gallons per year.

Great Neck, Greenport, Long Beach or Sayville Customers: Enter LICAP's Smart Sprinkler System Lottery by using the form below for a chance to win a FREE Smart Sprinkler System with rebate for installation courtesy of LICAP (see eligibility and participation requirements below).
What is a Smart Sprinkler System?

A Smart Sprinkler System is an irrigation controller that can be operated through a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The smart controller manages the entire irrigation process of a home. Through Wi-Fi the controller connects to local weather stations and various sensors throughout the irrigation system monitoring precipitation, soil temperatures and evapotranspiration rates.  Each zone in the irrigation system can be programmed to specify the grass type, number of shrubs/plants, and shade or sun levels to prevent over-saturation and runoff.

Standard clock sprinkler timers are often set at the beginning of the season and forgotten about until the systems are shut off in the winter; smart controllers are designed to remove all of the human error involved in managing a home's irrigation system.

Lottery Eligibility and Participation Requirements

To be eligible for the Smart Sprinkler System Lottery, a homeowner must be a resident of Nassau or
Suffolk County. In addition:

1. Participant must be a Suffolk County Water Authority, Long Beach Water Department, or
Water Authority of Great Neck North customer and the property owner of the irrigation

2. The applicant must have an account in good standing with their water district.

3. The participant must have a fully functioning irrigation system that is run by a working

4. The Smart Watering Systems lottery will take place on either April 16th, 18th, 23rd or 25th depending on your water provider.

5. The participant agrees to leave the smart watering system in place for a minimum of
three years provided that ownership of the property does not change.

6. The participant agrees to allow LICAP to inspect the system within the first three years.

7. The participant agrees to allow the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection
(LICAP) to contact him or her for the purpose of conducting program research and
agrees to participate in the customer satisfaction poll at the conclusion of the program.

8. The participant must have a property size between ¼ acre and up to 2 acres.

9. The participant must have a minimum of 5 irrigation zones.

10. The participant must have a minimum annual water use of 100,000 gallons and maximum
annual water use of 300,000 gallons.

11. Customer agrees to install smart sprinkler system within ten (10) business days of

12. The Smart Sprinkler System will replace existing irrigation timer.

13. Customer responsible for finding irrigation professional to replace existing controller (see
attached list). LICAP will reimburse cost of installation up to $250. Customer will provide
receipt of services in order to receive rebate.

14. Complete and submit the application by the deadline date as indicated below
Awards shall not be made for commercial developments, for-profit institutions or business.

The application and documentation sufficient for a project to be considered for smart sprinkler system
lottery must be submitted to LICAP no later than 5:00 p.m., April 13, 2018. Applications that are submitted without all required information and requested documents may be deemed not acceptable and may not be processed.

Contact US
Please direct all questions about the Smart Sprinkler System lottery to:

Office of Strategic Initiatives
Suffolk County Water Authority
4060 Sunrise Hwy
Oakdale, New York, 11769
PHONE: (631) 563-0355
E-mail: Licap@scwa.com
Upcoming: LICAP General Meeting

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
10:00 AM to Noon

Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway

Hauppauge, NY 11788

June 27, 2018
10:00 AM to
12:00 NOON

Education Center

260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788


The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection (LICAP) is a bi-county entity formed to address both quality and quantity issues facing Long Island’s aquifer system, and to advocate for a coordinated, regional approach to groundwater resources management.