In response to last summer's drought conditions, the Suffolk County Water Authority has adopted new water-conservation rules for its customers that went into effect on Feb. 1.
Houses and businesses with odd numbers in their street addresses will only be allowed to irrigate their properties on odd-numbered days; irrigation will only be allowed on even days for houses and businesses with even-numbered street addresses. Also as part of this new resolution, watering is now prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which the water authority says "are the hottest parts of the day, where water is least likely to penetrate your plants and grass and [will] simply evaporate off in the heat."
The water authority's second new resolution expands incentives for water conservation at residential properties. Homeowners who take part can earn a $250 credit every three years, up from a one-time credit of $50, on their water bills. "A simple rain sensor, pool cover, or smart irrigation device can save you on your water bill," the utility said in an announcement.
Jeffrey Szabo, chief executive officer of the Suffolk County Water Authority, said that although Long Island's aquifer is robust, it is "not bottomless."
"Being cautious and mindful of how and when we use this precious resource will guarantee it is there for generations to come," he said. "These new policies are aimed to not only to conserve water and protect the water supply system, but also to educate the residents and public on water conservation practices."