Monday, January 8, 2018

 

 

 

Newburgh begins producing water through new treatment plant

New carbon filtration system has been turned on

NEWBURGH – City officials have dubbed Newburgh “the birthplace of the Second Revolution!”

Officials announced on Sunday afternoon that Newburgh is officially producing water through its new state-of-the-art water treatment plant.

The source of the water is from the Catskill Aqueduct and Newburgh officials said the new purification process is “more extensive than the New York City process.” The aqueduct also feeds the Big Apple water system.

Newburgh’s new granular activated carbon filtration technology means the plant is also able to prevent endocrine disrupters from entering the water supply, “making Newburgh one of the first water treatment plants in the nation – and the world! – to deliver this historic, next generation water quality to its community of water consumers,” city officials said.  “With Newburgh’s new water treatment plant, the City of Newburgh has raised the bar for water quality standards for other communities to follow.”

The filtration system was designed and installed by the state, which is also paying for the water Newburgh has been receiving from the New York City through its aqueduct system.

It was in the spring of 2016 that City Manager Michael Ciaravino shut off the Newburgh water supply at Washington Lake when it was determined that it was contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical PFOS.

It was later determined that chemical had emanated from the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport. Efforts are still underway to get the federal government to stop the pollution and clean up the years-long contamination.

 


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