Water main break causes disruption for Mount Sinai South Nassau


Liberty Water has lifted the boil water order that affected five Long Island communities following a major water main break. The incident, which occurred Friday in Baldwin, prompted a precautionary boil water notice for residents of Baldwin, Island Park, Oceanside, Roosevelt, and South Hempstead.

The company explained that the break was quickly isolated, and water pressure was restored to all but 30 customers shortly after the incident. Those 30 customers had their water service restored by Saturday.

Despite the clear test results, Liberty Water advised residents to flush their faucets for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes before drinking or using the water due to the previous low pressure. As a precaution, healthcare facilities, multi-story commercial buildings, and apartment buildings should flush every faucet for 10 to 15 minutes.

The Nassau County Department of Health had previously announced that the water main break was repaired and water service was restored to the affected customers. However, the boil water notice remained in effect pending water sample results and was expected to stay in place as of Saturday night.

The water main break at the Baldwin and Oceanside border caused significant disruptions, affecting around 30,000 Liberty Water customers and temporarily disrupting water pressure at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital. Despite the disruptions, the hospital ensured that patient care was not impacted.

The Nassau County Department of Health initially advised residents to boil water for one minute before using or using NYSDOH-certified bottled water. This advice was in place to ensure safety for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation.