Watering Plainview For 90 Years

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Board members from 62 years ago (from left) treasurer Nathan Bennett, chairman John Edwards and secretary Joseph Segall; and today’s Plainview Water District Team (from left) secretary Amanda Field, treasurer Andrew Bader and chairman Marc Laykind.

The Plainview Water District is celebrating 90 years of delivering high-quality water and service to members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage community. Since its establishment in 1928, the Plainview Water District has amassed a diverse collection of accomplishments that support its unwavering responsibility as stewards of the water supply and distribution system. To help celebrate 90 years of service, the district has coordinated with the Plainview Library to display several items and photos from the district’s past.

“After 90 years of serving the Plainview-Old Bethpage community with clean, high-quality water, we are excited to celebrate the district’s success and rich history,” said Marc Laykind, chairman of the Plainview Water District board of commissioners. “It’s an honor for the current board to carry out the great work of our predecessors and continue to ensure our community’s most precious natural resource is well cared for and well managed.”

When the district was first created 90 years ago, it was purchasing its water from the Jericho Water District. It wasn’t until 1954 when the district’s first supply well and elevated storage tower came online that it was capable of producing and fulfilling the community’s water needs on their own. This was a landmark success for the district, and while since undergoing maintenance and rebuilds, those key pieces of infrastructure are still serving the community today. Since this milestone moment, the district has grown to 12 supply wells, seven treatment facilities, 130 miles of water main that collectively have the ability to deliver up to 10 millions of gallons of water per day to more than 30,000 residents.

“Thinking of what the district was when it first began and the advancements in delivery and the sophisticated treatment methods implemented since are nothing short of impressive,” said Amanda Field, secretary of the Plainview Water District board of commissioners. “We take an immense amount of pride in incorporating the latest and greatest technology throughout our water systems so our residents continue to receive the highest quality water possible for decades to come.”

In an effort to provide insight into the district’s earlier years, a visual display of old photos and other historic items will occur at the Plainview Library between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14. In addition, on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., the district will be hosting a reception at the exhibit and all family, friends and members of the community are invited to attend.

“We hope the community comes out and enjoys seeing a snapshot of some of the memorable moments in their water district’s history,” said Andrew Bader, treasurer of the Plainview Water District board of commissioners. “It’s important to stop and take some time to reflect on the moments that helped shape the present time. Our district’s past successes will always be remembered, and it is upon us to keep the torch of success moving into the future.”

For more information, contact the Plainview Water District at 516-931-6469, info@plainviewwater.org or through the district’s website, www.plainviewwater.org. The district also encourages all residents to sign up for email updates to stay better informed about district activities.

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