2/14/2020 Water Advisory Update #13

Water advisory update #13, Friday 2/14 12:31am:

Do-Not-Drink Advisory Rescinded for Village of New Paltz, Town of New Paltz Water Districts, and SUNY New Paltz

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Please continue to notify the Village of New Paltz if you have any concerns or notice anything unusual with the water as we return to normal operations. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.

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For Immediate Release: 2/14/2020

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DO NOT DRINK ADVISORY LIFTED FOR NEW PALTZ WATER SYSTEM

–Confirmatory Sampling by the State Department of Health Shows No Detectable Levels of Petroleum Compounds–

–Residents Are Asked to Flush Their Plumbing to Remove Old Water–

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the “Do Not Drink” advisory for the Village of New Paltz Water System is now lifted. The order is a result of the completion of system flushing and re-sampling of the water distribution system by the New York State Department of Health that showed no detectable levels of petroleum compounds. Residents should be advised that the water can be used for drinking.

“Following swift deployment of state resources and the isolation of the contamination source, our extensive testing shows no detectable levels of petroleum compounds in the New Paltz water system and that the water is safe to drink,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and the many state employees who answered the call and worked around the clock to help restore this water system. While we are pleased with the outcome, we will continue to be vigilant and ready to confront any and all threats to our public health.”

A do not drink advisory was issued on Monday, February 10 from the New York State Department of Health and Ulster County Department of Health following reports of an odor detected in the village’s drinking water. The spill was determined to be the result of a compromised underground fuel line for the village’s water treatment plant heating system. The Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response experts are overseeing the cleanup of the spill that compromised Reservoir #4. The village is bypassing this reservoir during the clean up.

Flushing of the system occurred throughout the day Wednesday to move clean water through the distribution system and the additional samples collected Thursday showed non-detectable levels for petroleum compounds, allowing the “do not drink” advisory to be safely lifted.

With the lifting of the advisory, homeowners are advised to flush their plumbing to remove any old water that may be lingering in the pipes of their household or business. Please click here for steps on how to flush. 

Today’s announcement follows the Governor’s ongoing updates throughout the week announcing identification of the source of contamination, initial testing results, and state deployment of nearly 50,000 gallons of fresh water to support residents and students in New Paltz.

Several state agencies were involved in these emergency efforts including state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, DEC, DOH and the New York State Police, all of which worked closely with local government agencies including the Ulster County Executive’s Office, Ulster County Emergency Management, Ulster County DOH, Village of New Paltz, Village of New Paltz DPW, Town of New Paltz, New Paltz Fire Department, New Paltz Rescue Squad and the New Paltz Police Department.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said, “These results are great news for the residents of New Paltz, who can now be confident that their water supply is safe. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience, and recognize the incredible team effort – from the leadership of Governor Cuomo and Mayor Rogers to the on-the-ground work of our dedicated engineers, first responders, and public health experts – to quickly address this challenge.”

Village of New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers said, “Governor Andrew Cuomo sent us an incredible team to both ensure our community had safe water during our do-not-drink advisory and also help us identify the source of our problem. Our local officials and staff worked hand in glove with all the New York State and Ulster County officials and staff. It has been humbling to see this team mobilize and problem solve. I’m also so appreciative of our community for being patient and supportive throughout this challenging week.”

While the “Do Not Drink” order was in place, Governor Cuomo ordered water distribution locations to be set up for the general public. Those water supplies included one 6,700 gallon water tanker on site with three 500 gallon water buffaloes, 25 pallets of bottled water and two light towers for use on water tanks.

In addition, all needed services were maintained for those students remaining on the SUNY New Paltz campus as the State supplied two 6,700 gallon water tankers, a 500 gallon water buffalo and 36 pallets of water.

And at Governor Cuomo’s direction the State also supplied at least two days of water to the New Paltz Central School District to enable them to remain open without operational issues. The water supply included five pallets to the High School, three pallets to the Middle School and three pallets to Duzine Elementary School.

2/13/2020 Water Advisory Update #12

Water advisory update #12, Thursday 2/13 5:20pm:

From the New Paltz Central School District: “This morning during our snow plowing of the Duzine and Lenape parking lots, a leaking hydraulic hose on the District’s plow truck resulted in 7.3 gallons of fluid spill. Sheen reports at 8:40 AM prompted a phone call to our environmental vendor. Between 9:20 – 10:15 AM, isolation booms were installed around catch basins and absorbent material was used to address surface runoff and discharges. The NY Department of Environmental Conservation was contacted and a spill number was issued.Our facilities staff continues to monitor the containment booms at both sites. *It is important to stress that this spill is wholly unrelated to the Village Water Advisory.*”

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We do not have any other new information at this time. We continue to await test results and will post updates as information becomes available.

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Residents are still advised not to use the New Paltz municipal tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. According to state and county officials, given the available information bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is deemed okay at this time.

As stated yesterday, initial testing results have come back negative for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), encouraging news in this process. Further testing is being evaluated and undertaken today, the final results of which will determine next steps.

Reservoir #4 continues to be bypassed and New Paltz municipal drinking water users are only receiving water derived from either the upland reservoirs #1-3 or NYC’s Catskill aqueduct.

The water system has been strategically purged of approximately 500,000 gallons of water and testing continues across the water system and at the water treatment plant property.

We are working closely with county and state officials to develop and implement the plans for flushing and remediating the system and will continue to post updates and timelines as information becomes available.

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During the installation of our water plant’s new filtration system, we believe a third-party contractor accidentally damaged the fuel line to our treatment plant’s oil furnace creating a slow seepage leak into the ground approximately 500 feet from our reservoir #4 on the Mountain Rest Road water treatment plant property. We believe oil began to leak from the damaged line once heat was turned on this winter and oil seeped through the ground to the reservoir. The tanks and lines have been removed from the site.

On Sunday, in order to identify potential sources of the problem reservoir #4 was bypassed and isolated. Our system shifted to using upland reservoirs 1 through 3. As of Wednesday we changed to exclusively use NYC DEP’s Catskill Aqueduct water. We can now utilize NYC water and/or reservoirs 1-3 as needed

As per DOH regulations, our community’s water is tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) annually. Heating oil contains hazardous VOCs. Testing for VOCs last occurred on March 20, 2019 and was scheduled to be tested again next month.

New Paltz has worked closely with NYS and Ulster County to return water service to our residents, businesses, and schools. Our community is incredibly grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the State and County officials who have exhibited exemplary responsiveness and support.

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Free potable water will continue to remain available until further notice at village hall and at the Meadowbrook, Huguenot Park, and Town and County apartment complexes.

At village hall: bring food-grade containers to fill from a 6,000 gallon tanker at village hall (available 24 hours), and/or pickup of 5 water bottles per person or one case per household. Water bottle pickup is available until 9pm this evening.

At Meadowbrook apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water at near unit 512. Residents need to bring food-grade containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Huguenot Park apartment complex (45 N. Chestnut Street): there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, enter at Front Street and drive to the back of the lot. Residents need to bring food-grade containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Town & Country apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, it is in the center of the condo’s upper parking lots near the rail trail. If you enter at Front Street drive into the complex and at approximately 600 feet the tank is on the right by the gate. You can also enter from Huguenot Street: go up the hill and turn left and drive 200 feet. Tank will be on your left by the gate. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

Big thanks to the DPW staff and Red Cross for their ongoing dedication and help during this time!

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Reminder! Plastic water bottles are recyclable and redeemable. We will take water bottles back at our village hall DPW location or you can get your 5 cents per bottle at any plastic bottle redemption center.

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New Paltz Central School District: all schools are on usual schedule. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us and parents are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates.

SUNY New Paltz: All classes have been cancelled through Feb. 15.. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.edu and students are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates.

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These alerts are being made available on our website and social media and to media outlets throughout the region. You can also look for Twitter updates from the Town of New Paltz Police Department. Please pass this information on to your neighbors or any households you think might not have access to this information.

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The New Paltz municipal water system includes users in the village, SUNY NP, and in town water districts. People can enter their address here to find their water source: https://water.ny.gov/

2/13/2020 Water Advisory Update #11

Water advisory update #11, Thursday 2/13 11:10am:

Residents are still advised not to use the New Paltz municipal tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. According to state and county officials, given the available information bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is deemed okay at this time.

As stated yesterday, initial testing results have come back negative for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), encouraging news in this process. Further testing is being evaluated and undertaken today, the final results of which will determine next steps.

Reservoir #4 continues to be bypassed and New Paltz municipal drinking water users are only receiving water derived from either the upland reservoirs #1-3 or NYC’s Catskill aqueduct.

The water system has been strategically purged of approximately 500,000 gallons of water and testing continues across the water system and at the water treatment plant property.

We are working closely with county and state officials to develop and implement the plans for flushing and remediating the system and will continue to post updates and timelines as information becomes available.

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During the installation of our water plant’s new filtration system, we believe a third-party contractor damaged the fuel line to our treatment plant’s oil furnace creating a slow seepage leak into the ground approximately 500 feet from our reservoir #4 on the Mountain Rest Road water treatment plant property. We believe oil began to leak from the damaged line once heat was turned on this winter and oil seeped through the ground to the reservoir. The tanks and lines have been removed from the site.

On Sunday, in order to identify potential sources of the problem reservoir #4 was bypassed and isolated. Our system shifted to using upland reservoirs 1 through 3. As of Wednesday we changed to exclusively use NYC DEP’s Catskill Aqueduct water. We can now utilize NYC water and/or reservoirs 1-3 as needed

As per DEC regulations, our community’s water is tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) annually. Heating oil contains hazardous VOCs. Testing for VOCs last occurred on March 20, 2019 and was scheduled to be tested again next month.

New Paltz has worked closely with NYS and Ulster County to return water service to our residents, businesses, and schools. Our community is incredibly grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the State and County officials who have exhibited exemplary responsiveness and support.

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Free potable water will continue to remain available until further notice at village hall and at the Meadowbrook, Huguenot Park, and Town and County apartment complexes.

At village hall: bring food-grade containers to fill from a 6,000 gallon tanker at village hall (available 24 hours), and/or pickup of 5 water bottles per person or one case per household. Water bottle pickup is available until 9pm this evening.

At Meadowbrook apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water at near unit 512. Residents need to bring food-grade containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Huguenot Park apartment complex (45 N. Chestnut Street): there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, enter at Front Street and drive to the back of the lot. Residents need to bring food-grade containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Town & Country apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, it is in the center of the condo’s upper parking lots near the rail trail. If you enter at Front Street drive into the complex and at approximately 600 feet the tank is on the right by the gate. You can also enter from Huguenot Street: go up the hill and turn left and drive 200 feet. Tank will be on your left by the gate. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

Big thanks to the DPW staff and Red Cross for their ongoing dedication and help during this time!

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Reminder! Plastic water bottles are recyclable and redeemable. We will take water bottles back at our village hall DPW location or you can get your 5 cents per bottle at any plastic bottle redemption center.

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New Paltz Central School District: all schools are on usual schedule. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us and parents are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates.

SUNY New Paltz: All classes have been cancelled through Feb. 15.. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.edu and students are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates.

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These alerts are being made available on our website and social media and to media outlets throughout the region. You can also look for Twitter updates from the Town of New Paltz Police Department. Please pass this information on to your neighbors or any households you think might not have access to this information.

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The New Paltz municipal water system includes users in the village, SUNY NP, and in town water districts. People can enter their address here to find their water source: https://water.ny.gov/

2/12/2020 Water Advisory Update #10

Water advisory update #10, Wednesday 2/12 4:30pm:

Residents are still advised to not use the tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. According to state and county officials, given the available information bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is deemed okay at this time.

During the installation of our water plant’s new filtration system, we believe a third-party contractor damaged the fuel line to our treatment plant’s oil furnace creating a slow seepage leak into the ground approximately 500 feet from our reservoir #4 on the Mountain Rest Road water treatment plant property. We believe oil began to leak from the damaged line once heat was turned on this winter and oil seeped through the ground to the reservoir.

On Sunday, in order to identify potential sources of the problem reservoir #4 was bypassed and isolated. Our system shifted to using upland reservoirs 1 through 3. As of Wednesday we changed to exclusively use NYC DEP’s Catskill Aqueduct water. We can now utilize NYC water and/or reservoirs 1-3 as needed

Our community’s water is tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) annually per DEC regulations. Heating oil contains hazardous VOCs. Testing for VOCs last occurred on March 20, 2019 and was scheduled to be tested next month.

New Paltz has worked closely with NYS and Ulster County to return water service to our residents, businesses, and schools. Our community is incredibly grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the State and County officials who have exhibited exemplary responsiveness and support.

Free potable water will continue to remain available until further notice at village hall and at the Meadowbrook, Huguenot Park, and Town and County apartment complexes:

At village hall: bring containers to fill from a 6,000 gallon tanker at village hall (available 24 hours), and/or pickup of 5 water bottles per person or one case per household. Water bottle pickup is available until 9pm this evening.

At Meadowbrook apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water at near unit 512. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Huguenot Park apartment complex (45 N. Chestnut Street): there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, enter at Front Street and drive to the back of the lot. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

At Town & Country apartment complex: there is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, it is in the center of the condo’s upper parking lots near the rail trail. If you enter at Front Street drive into the complex and at approximately 600 feet the tank is on the right by the gate. You can also enter from Huguenot Street: go up the hill and turn left and drive 200 feet. Tank will be on your left by the gate.. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

New Paltz Central School District: all schools are on usual schedule. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us and parents are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates.

SUNY New Paltz: All classes have been cancelled through Feb. 15; Residential students (with some exceptions) are mandated to leave campus by noon today. More information can be found at www.newpaltz.edu and students are encouraged to check their emails for more information and any updates. SUNY New Paltz has advised that as a residential college with 3,550 students living on campus with 24 X 7 needs, the logistical demands of providing services are much greater: room and board, cooking, etc. In the school district, which this week is open for only two more days, with the state’s help, it is much more manageable to provide resources to students for six hours a day.

These alerts are being made available on our website and social media and to media outlets throughout the region. You can also look for Twitter updates from the Town of New Paltz Police Department. Please pass this information on to your neighbors or any households you think might not have access to this information.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-provides-updates-bringing-new-paltz-water-system-back-line

2/12/2020 Water Advisory Update #9

For Immediate Release: 2/11/2020

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

GOVERNOR CUOMO DEPLOYS OVER 40,000 GALLONS OF FRESH WATER TO NEW PALTZ FOLLOWING DO NOT DRINK ADVISORY

State Officials Working with Ulster County and the Village of New Paltz to Investigate the Cause and Take Appropriate Action

Governor Cuomo today announced he deployed over 40,000 gallons of fresh water to support residents and students in New Paltz following a do not drink advisory from the New York State Department of Health and Ulster County Department of Health. The precautionary advisory follows reports of an unusual odor in the Village’s drinking water.

“Our first priority is always to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers and we stand with New Paltz every step of the way to provide immediate support during this difficult situation,” Governor Cuomo said. “I have directed my administration to deliver clean drinking water to local residents and students, and we will continue to work closely with local officials and provide additional resources as needed.”

After receiving notification of the reports, state and local officials immediately began to investigate the cause and make both bottled and potable water available to impacted residents until further notice. DOH, DEC and DHSES staff are on site at the command center actively monitoring the situation. In addition to sampling conducted by the Village, DOH is collecting samples for a variety of analysis based upon the types of odors. DOH is working with local officials to implement a plan to effectively and safely lift the do not drink advisory.

Earlier today, the Village’s water treatment plant operator discovered a sheen on one of the Village’s reservoirs and promptly reported it to the Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC immediately responded to the scene and is currently investigating. As a precaution, absorbent booms and pads have been placed in the reservoir and DEC Spill Responders will continue to remain on site to ensure public health and the environment are protected. More information will be provided once available.

SUNY New Paltz

  • SUNY New Paltz cancelled all classes effective 3:30pm today out of an abundance of caution and directed resident students to leave campus by noon tomorrow. International students will remain on campus.
  • Two 6700 gallon water tankers on site
  • One 500 gallon water buffalo on site
  • 24 pallets of bottled water on site
  • 12 pallets of water to be delivered tomorrow

New Paltz Central School District (K-12)

  • Schools are scheduled to be open Wednesday and Thursday this week
  • Schools are scheduled to be closed on Friday and Monday for the holiday weekend
  • Two days of water have been provided to New Paltz schools:
  • Five pallets to New Paltz High School
  • Three pallets to New Paltz Middle School
  • Three pallets to Duzine Elementary School
  • A second elementary school is on well water

Village of New Paltz

  • One 6700 gallon water tanker on site
  • Three 500 gallon water buffaloes on site
  • 25 pallets of bottled water being distributed
  • Two light towers for use on water tanks
  • Water distribution for the general public is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Water refills

  • DEC contractor will be conducting daily checks of water levels of all water buffalos and filling as appropriate to ensure continued water supplies for all residents

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