New York American Water Asks Nassau County Customers to Conserve By Adopting Odd/Even Watering

Written by Zimmerman/Edelson  |  12. July 2016

Merrick, NY - July 8, 2016 - With the summer heat intensifying, and water demand on the rise, New York American Water’s Nassau County customers may be experiencing lower than normal water pressures, particularly during early morning hours. The company asks its Nassau County customers to adhere to an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering in order avoid the potential of stringent summertime water use restrictions.

“We ask our Nassau County customers to water their lawns on an odd/even schedule this summer and all year-round,” said Brian Bruce, President of New York American Water. “Odd/even watering now will help us manage a finite supply of water, yet our customers will still be able to maintain healthy lawns and vegetation. In past years, our customers have helped reduce water demands when we’ve asked, and we thank them in advance for their cooperation this year.”

In accordance with Nassau County Public Health Ordinance, outdoor watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. New York American Water encourages evening irrigation between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.  Odd/even outdoor watering works as such:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur only on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur only on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)

These regulations would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields         

While New York American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service. For more information and more tips on how to conserve water visit here

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

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