Source of Our Water

The source of water for the District is groundwater pumped from five (5) wells located throughout the community that are drilled into the Glacial and Magothy aquifers beneath Long Island, as shown on the enclosed figure. Generally, the water quality of the aquifers in Oyster Bay is excellent.

A cut away view of the the aquifers under Long Island

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activities. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: microbial contaminants; inorganic contaminants; pesticides and herbicides; organic chemical contaminants; and radioactive contaminants.

In order to ensure that our tap water is safe to drink, the State and the EPA prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The State Health Department’s and the FDA’s regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

The population served by the Oyster Bay Water District during 2022 was approximately 8,500. The total amount of water withdrawn from the aquifer in 2022 was 403.7 million gallons, of which approximately 97 percent was billed directly to consumers.

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