An increasing demand for water has the Village of Old Westbury taking new measures to boost its supply, such as installing a new water storage tank that will hold a million gallons.
Officials said the water tank is part of long-term planning in the community, which relies heavily on irrigation.
“I think generally people don’t monitor how much water they use until they get their bill,” said Village Mayor Fred Carillo. “You really do need the water pressure, especially in the middle of summer when everyone is using their irrigation.”
The concrete tank will be on a village-owned parcel near the Old Westbury Country Club and behind one of the seven wells on Whitney-Phipps-Garvin Drive. It will be at ground level and can be partially buried. Carillo said the residents had long been opposed to an elevated water tower, because of aesthetic concerns and fears that a tower could potentially devalue property values.
The tank will be “low maintenance” and can last up to 75 years, according to outside consultants from Woodbury-based D&B Engineers and Architects PC. Foliage up to 20 feet tall will be planted to shield the water tower from surrounding residences. Carillo said that the projected cost for the tank is estimated at $3.2 million.
This project joins a number of other recent investments into the village’s water system, such as drilling a seventh water well. The $3.8 million well, also located behind Old Westbury Country Club, will be completed within six months, Carillo said.
The village’s existing water infrastructure of seven wells, two storage tanks, and about 560 fire hydrants, supplies more than 1,300 water connections in the village, according to the village website. Last year, the village used an average of 2 million gallons daily, with a maximum apogee of 5.46 gallons daily, village officials said.
The water source for the village is groundwater pumped from the wells to the rest of the community. Two years ago, the village began a water conservation program to siphon off any unnecessary water use.
The village is also currently expanding a pilot program to outfit residences with a smart meter that tracks water usage. All households will have a smart meter, paid for by the village, by the end of this summer, officials said. Residents can monitor their water usage with an app and be able to quickly identify any leaks.
“It’s just a better system with keeping up with what’s needed in society and trying to service the community,” Carillo said.
Construction of the new tank is estimated to begin in late spring, with a six-month project timeline.
NEW WATER STORAGE TANK
- Will hold 1 million gallons of water
- Made of concrete, will last up to 75 years
- Will improve water pressure in the village, especially in summer
- Can receive water directly from well No. 6
- Joins an existing water infrastructure of two water tanks, seven wells and about 560 fire hydrants
- More than 70 miles of water piping within the village