Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection


Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection

 

Upcoming: LICAP General Meeting

June 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

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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.

UPCOMING LICAP
Meeting
June 20th @ 10:00 AM
Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Mission

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.