Water bottle coolers to disappear from Newburgh City Hall

Donat ready to get rid of the big bottle coolers

NEWBURGH – City officials in Newburgh have maintained in recent years that since its water is coming from the New York City Catskill Aqueduct, it is 100 percent safe to drink. Yet, at City Hall and other city buildings, employees continue to drink from large water bottle coolers.

That will change as City Manager Joseph Donat is getting rid of the bottles and installing water fountains in all city buildings.

“It will be cheaper, but more importantly it will show the public that our water is safe and consumable,” Donat said.

When the aqueduct is off-line for maintenance, the city uses Brown’s Pond for its water, and that, too, is safe, they say.

Newburgh’s former primary water source, Washington Lake, remains off limits, contaminated with PFOS and PFOA.

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