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The South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) has issued a request to all residents urging them to use caution when someone claiming to be a water district employee appears on your doorstep to read a water meter, confirm a leak or sell you a water filtration device. According to the SFWD, these are typically unscrupulous people who look for ways to further their criminal intent.

It is rare that anyone from the water district will show up at your home unannounced. In fact, 99.9 percent of our visits to residents' homes are by appointment. Even if there is an emergency such as a water main break, they will notify you if water service will be disrupted, but there is never a need to enter your home.

If someone comes to your door claiming to be a water district employee, ask to see his or her identification card. If you have any doubts about his or her identity, contact the police immediately. Their employees have been trained by the Nassau County police regarding identification procedures to help identify imposters.

SFWD also urges all residents to do their part and be cognizant of any suspicious activity near water well sites and plants. Domestic terrorism has been at a very low level this past year, but in a year when presidential administrations change and government is in transition, the district is warned by Homeland Security to be more vigilant and safeguard our natural resources more during times like these. By carefully managing our budget, they have upgraded their security measures to protect the water supply with no new taxes or increases in cost-to-consumer...and we intend to keep it that way.

SFWD urges that if you witness any unusual activity around water well sites in your area, or if you see a van, truck or any persons who do not look as if they are conducting official water business, call 911 and report it immediately.

"Our consumers are good citizens, and we have had no incidents thanks to their help and cooperation," said Superintendent Charlie Prucha. "We ask everyone to continue the good work, and be conscious of anything unusual."

The SFWD thanks all residents for their cooperation and help in these important matters of security and public safety.

For more information please contact the South Farmingdale Water District's office at 40 Langdon Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735. Telephone: 249-3330, or visit www.sfwater.com.


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