Backflow Testing on Lawn Sprinklers-Village Notice & Explanations


For anyone who has not responded to prior notice for mandatory backflow testing, the deadline letters have been mailed. You have twenty (20) business days to comply with the letter or a fine of $1,500 will be assessed. This is the final notice. The Nassau County Health Department has mandated all devices must be tested annually and has designated the Water Purveyor (Village of Garden City) responsible for enforcement. The Health Department considers all untested devices a hazardous threat to the water supply. As such, they have given the authority to the Village to shut off water services to residences that do not conform. In addition, the Village risks incurring a Nassau County Health Department fine which would be passed on to the residences.

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The Nassau County Department of Health requires that all automatic lawn sprinkler systems undergo an annual backflow test on the prevention valve installed on the water main. Test results are forwarded to the Village of Garden City for compliance. Many homeowners coordinate the turning on of their systems with a backflow test in the spring; however, individual homeowners may have the test completed at different times of the year. Many plumbers, sprinkler companies and even landscapers can provide a certified tester.


While Garden City has approximately 6800 active sprinkler systems (6500 of which are residential devices), on average 30% do not comply with annual testing. Therefore, the Village has begun to take a stronger stance on compliance.


Three warning letters are sent to homes and commercial businesses. The first letter: 30 days prior to the date on which the property would be in non-compliance. The second letter: A final notice letter sent after device is registered non-compliant for failure to test. An additional 15 business days is granted to complete the testing and fines are outlined if the device is not tested. The third letter: Notice outlining Fines and Water Shut-Off. This grants an additional 30 days to comply.


 The current fine for non-compliance is $1,500. No business or homeowner, including senior citizens, is exempt from providing the results of a backflow test to the Village. The certified tester files the proper paperwork with the Village at the completion of the test, so the homeowner is in compliance with the County requirement.


If you have any questions, you can call the Engineering Division of the Village Public Works Department at 516-465-4010.

Stewart Manor Train Parking Lot Closed During Construction

As part of the Village’s 2017-18 paving program, the Stewart Manor Train Station Parking Lot is scheduled to be repaved. This work will include adding additional lighting, new curbs, new asphalt and bringing the lot in compliance with all ADA standards, including adding compliant sidewalk ramps with detectable surface pads.

The work on the lot will commence on October 11 and last approximately four weeks. During this time the lot will be closed for parking. We will be adding temporary parking on the surrounding streets for use by all permit holders who normally park in the lot. During construction, temporary permit-only parking will be available in the following locations:

  • Plaza Road: from New Hyde Park Road to Roosevelt Avenue
  • Manor Road: near Station House – South Side off New Hyde Park Road
  • Adams Street: from Manor Road to Stewart Avenue
  • Roosevelt Street: from Manor Road to Stewart Avenue>

The MTA/LIRR is currently renovating the station in order to accommodate an anticipated influx of commuter traffic while work is being done at the nearby New Hyde Park train station/intersection as part of the third track project. The Village was planning on repaving the Stewart Manor parking lot this year as part of its road paving program but in talks with the MTA they agreed to reimburse the Village for the cost of repaving, upwards of $350,000. We had requested that the MTA/LIRR cover the cost of the repaving as part of the Third Track initiative.

More Details and Visuals

General Meeting September 9/19 draft of Hector Garcia, LIRR update

Guest Speaker: Hector Garcia, LIRR Senior Director of External Affairs

Mr. Garcia mentioned the history of the LIRR going back to 1834 1st train to Greenport. 1990s planning and surveys to bring RR up to date.

Ronkonkoma new train yard, more cars. Jamaica connections, more tracks to go to Penn and Brooklyn directly including a tunnel for Amtrak trains so they do not have to crossover LIRR tracks.

LIRR is busy sprucing up and updating GC Stations from Country Life Press to Stewart Manor. Stewart Manor will have new platforms, new paved parking lot and sidewalks.

The Third Track is funded and start to finish about four year starting in 2019. 2018 will be design process time with the last quarter or 2019 1st quarter building the Covert avenue underpass. New Hyde Park follows and will take nine months. The third track will award contracts based on delivery of service along with cost. Preconstruction surveys and project hotline will be established to keep residents informed. Penalties on contractors for not fulfilling dates on time.

The New Hyde Park Avenue crossing will be raised 5 feet along the line and behind Greenridge Avenue. The sound walls will be at least 8 feet tall but neighbors are asking for more. (20 feet).   The sound walls will be at least four feet above tracks. The tallest train is 15 feet.

For more information check

The Village’s MOU is still in process and not final details not available at this time.


Questions for the LIRR came from a number of members in the audience.

The height of the sound wall along the tracks behind Greenridge Avenue, Nassau Haven Park and behind Bird Sanctuary. Residents asked for a wall of 20 plus feet while the LIRR representative stated, as of now, it would be 4 feet above the tracks. (With the tracks rising 5 feet along New Hyde Park Road, this would put the wall at 9- 10 feet at this time.) Harry Choban, resident of Greenridge Avenue disagreed with LIRR representative about the foundation requirements of higher retaining wall pointing to sound walls along highways and other travel routes that are well above 20 feet. Mr. Choban concerns included the open garbage containers traveling along his backyard and the tall railroad cars of up to 15 feet.

The start of project.? No sooner than 2019. With Covert Avenue going first, New Hyde Park would initiate sometime in 2019.

Other questions focused on the history of delays on other projects, location of staging areas and traffic flow. The LIRR has purchased a parcel on the New Hyde Park Road train station, which would be primary area for staging construction, and recent projects have been on time or ahead of schedule.


Letter from MTA

Recent Communication Regarding Submission of Amendment to the MTA 2015-2019 Capital Program, Letter from MTA,
dated May 26, to NYS Department of Transportation submitting proposed amendment to the MTA Capital Program Review Board.

WPOA Passes Resolution – MTA/LIRR

The WPOA Board of Directors unanimously passed a Resolution, requesting the MTA/LIRR provide thorough responses to the questions and concerns raised in the Beverage & Diamond/Vertex report about the Third Track Project. You can read their report on the Village website, click on the navigation button on the left side of the homepage.

You may also wish to read the MurphyLetter, that was submitted to the MTA/LIRR on behalf of Garden City and the Villages of New Hyde Park and Floral Park, which outlines the requests and concerns of the three villages.

In accordance with the deadline of the comment period, the WPOA submitted these comments to John McCarthy, Special Advisor for Agency Operations and Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Edward Dumas, Vice President for Market Development and Public Affairs, MTA/LIRR.

MTA/LIRR Draft Environmental Impact Stmt.

The MTA issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project (the Third Track) on November 28. DEISrelease the press release accompanying the announcement of the DEIS and the Executive Summary. For further details or to register a comment, go to

The project office is open on the south side of the Mineola railroad station. Hours are: Tuesday-Wednesday, 11-7; Thursday-Friday, 7-3; and Saturday, 10-3. Visitors are encouraged to drop in and ask questions.