Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection

Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection


Click the icon below to open LICAP RFP 1522:
Upcoming: LICAP Special Meeting

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
10:00 AM to Noon

Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Click HERE for meeting agenda

Become Water Wise with LICAP!
Smart Sprinkler System Lottery Applicants:

Live lottery drawing dates are as follows:


Monday, April 16th

Floyd Memorial Library  

539 1st Street, Greenport

6:00 PM


Long Beach:

Wednesday, April 18th

Long Beach Library  

111 W Park Ave, Long Beach

7:00 PM

Great Neck:

Thursday, April 26th

Great Neck House

4 Arrandale Ave, Great Neck

6:00 PM


Friday, April 27th

Sayville Library  

88 Greene Ave, Sayville

6:00 PM

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

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


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

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 timer/controller.

4) Site must have a well maintained irrigation system compatible with a smart controller. (e.g., no line breaks, pressure issues, broken spray heads, etc.)

5) Site must have a maximum of 12 zones.

6) Controller must be installed and programmed per manufacturer’s directions.

7) Controller must be replacing an existing conventional controller.

8) Device must be installed within 10 business days of receiving controller.

Neither LICAP the Water Districts nor its contractors or agents any representation or warranty regarding the irrigation controller utilized in this Smart Sprinkler System Lottery Program. By participating in the lottery program, you waive and release the District, LICAP and its contractors and agents from all claims and causes of action arising out of the purchase, installation or use of the smart controller purchased in connection with the Smart Sprinkler System Lottery Program. Any claim you have based upon defect or failure of the performance of the smart controller used in conjunction with this lottery program should be pursued with the controller’s manufacturer.

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

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).
August 7, 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.