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Hicksville Water District: 92 Years Of Dedicated Service

For the past 92 years, the Hicksville Water District has been providing top-quality service to residents and works hard to ensure absolute customer satisfaction. The district’s history parallels the growth and development of Long Island and the rise of public water suppliers in Nassau County. The Hicksville Water District has had a trajectory of dedicated local residents leading the organization to ensure optimized usage of Hicksville’s water resource.

“We are very proud to have our own local water source to serve our community,” said Hicksville Historical Society President Mike Christodoulou. “From an economic standpoint, having our own water, rather than importing it from upstate New York, allows us to have more control of our water quality.”

In 1902, the Town of Oyster Bay Board granted a franchise to the privately owned Nassau Water Company to establish a water works company. After almost 20 years of poor service and utility mismanagement, local residents petitioned the Town of Oyster Bay Board to form their own water district and the measure was passed on Aug. 30, 1921.

In the summer of 1923, the Karlson & Lee Company was hired to dig two 150-foot wells and build the district’s first administration building using a newly acquired five acres near the railroad tracks on Bethpage Road. The new wells began producing two million gallons of water a year, traveling through 17 miles of new pipelines. When the Pickle Works factory burned down in March of 1941 (see picture), the district’s two wells almost ran dry. Soon after, the New York State Health Department stepped in and ordered the district to make the necessary changes needed to supply water to the residents and provide adequate fire safety for the community. The district, then led by Commissioners Harry Borley, Laurence Bevan and William Rennie petitioned the residents to approve a $50,000 bond was issued on Jan. 2, 1942 to add an additional well. The third well was completed after World War II in 1947.

From its original building with two wells situated in the outskirts of the community, the Hicksville Water District has grown to nine plants and 15 wells strategically located throughout a 7.9 square mile area traveling through a network of 166 miles of underground infrastructure. Only seven superintendents, with Anthony Iannone currently serving since 2011, have led the district over the last 92 years.

Individuals who have remained committed to, and very involved in the Hicksville community lead the Hicksville Water District. The Board of Water Commissioners is committed to achieving environmental excellence while maintaining lowest rates for residents and local corporations. They place a high priority on meeting or exceeding strict federal standards concerning water quality.

“I take great pride in playing an important role in the Hicksville community,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Nicholas Brigandi. “Hicksville is dear to my heart and our water district is such an authentic part of our community’s history.”

There have only been 20 members of the community to serve as the Board of Water Commissioners. Brigandi is a Hicksville native and resident who has been a member of the board since 1980. Treasurer Karl M. Schweitzer, a life-long and third generation resident, has been on the Board of Commissioners for 10 years and Secretary Warren Uss is life-long resident of Hicksville who has served on the board for five years.

“We are very proud of the district; they have good workers and good leadership. Brigandi is doing an excellent job as the commissioner and he is one of the best residents of Hicksville,” said Christodoulou.

The district is also working on major capital improvements in the next five years. The district is currently completing a large project on water plant number six, expanding the facility to increase water-pumping efficiency as well as improve distribution for residents. They also renovated outdated equipment including pipes and electrical controls, as well as a nitrate removal tower. The district is also in the process of replacing the water meters of all residential and commercial establishment services. These projects are only a few within the series of improvements the district will put forward in the upcoming years.

The Hicksville Water District has played an important role in the history of the community it serves and will continue to do so for years to come. For information, contact the Hicksville Water District at 516-931-0814 or visit www.hicksvillewater.org.

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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