The Official Website of the Village of Rockville Centre
questions regarding water issues, please call 678-9301.
The Rockville Centre Water Department
provides residents with the advantages of local ownership and
operation: low cost and high reliability. The Village’s water supply
is drawn from 10 wells located throughout the community that are
drilled to an average depth of 540 feet into the Magothy aquifer.
Water is stored in four elevated tanks with a combined capacity of 4
million gallons and is distributed through more than 70 miles of
water mains. Water quality is constantly monitored and tested to
assure its purity.
Water Department - Tips
The average family of four uses approximately 350 gallons of
water each day. Learn to read your meter so you can keep track of usage. By becoming waste
conscious, you can easily reduce your use by one-third. Saving water also saves the energy
needed to pump water into your home and the cost of heating wasted hot water.
- Some general, practical water conservation tips include:
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Don't run water continuously when washing dishes by hand.
- Attach "low-flow" faucet aerators to faucets.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water.
- A five-minute shower using a flow restrictor will use just 15 to 25 gallons.
- Install low flow showerheads and toilets.
- Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- With the tap running at full force, shaving takes 20 gallons of water, teeth-brushing
takes 10 and handwashing takes two.
- Check for leaky faucets and toilets, and then repair them immediately. A leaky tap
dripping once per second, wastes six gallons of water a day.
- Don't run water continuously when washing your car. Use a nozzle on the hose to stop the
water flow between rinsings. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water.
Use a broom, not
a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Use water for landscaping more efficiently:
- Plan before you plant - consider plant needs for moisture, sunlight, etc. in advance.
- Improve the soil structure - work organic material such as peat moss or compost into the
soil to help retain water and assist in plant growth. Aerating your yard once a year also
will help it retain water.
- Cut down on grass - grass requires up to four times as much water as other plants. Cut
back on the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs or ground cover or putting in
- Use water efficiently - use a sprinkler with a low application rate (about one-third
inch per hour) and check for even coverage. Established grass only needs an inch of water
- Water your lawn in the evenings or early mornings to reduce evaporation. When you do
water, water long enough for moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most
- Make the most of mulches - three to four inches of mulch on top of the soil, especially
before spring and fall rains, will reduce water needs, moderate soil temperature and
inhibit weed growth.
- Choose climate friendly plants - many native plants can survive on rainwater alone, and
they're more disease and insect resistant.
- Care for what you plant - weed and prune regularly to ensure water is going where it's