WOODBURY - A conserve water order has been issued for a large portion of Nassau County because the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant is no longer operational.

The order affects residents west of the Meadowbrook Parkway all the way to the Queens County line, south of the LIE. County Executive Ed Mangano says residents are ordered to conserve water wherever possible until further notice.

Residents should shorten shower times, limit laundry loads and limit toilet flushes, among other measures. Excluded from the order are residents in Lawrence and Cedarhurst, who have their own treatment plants, and also in Long Beach, where another sewage plant has already failed.

There is no timetable for when the Bay Park plant will be operational again. However, the Nassau Office of Emergency Management is working in conjunction with engineers and critical response teams from New York state to get the plant working again.

Nassau officials are warning residents in the Bay Park sewage district to be wary of manholes and sewer grates, as toxic sewage may seep out.