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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2/11/2020 Water Advisory Update #8

Water advisory update #8, Tuesday 2/11 6:05pm:

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

Our licensed water operator and state officials have taken samples of water in numerous locations at the treatment plant and throughout the system. The NYS DOH and DEC are currently investigating reports of a sheen identified this morning at the village reservoirs on the Mountain Rest Road water treatment plant property. The state has expedited the testing and we continue to expect results tomorrow. The timeline for getting the system back online will remain unknown until we have more specific information about any potential contaminants. 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.

Residents can continue to pick up water at multiple locations:

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.

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: we are currently setting up a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water, enter at Front Street and drive towards the reserved spaces. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours a day.

New Paltz Central School District: all schools will reopen on the usual schedule tomorrow. 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 as of 3:30 p.m. today through Feb. 15; Residential students (with some exceptions) are mandated to leave campus. 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 6 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.

We have also been asked who is on the response team, as well as who is in charge. It has been all hands on deck from all levels: local, county, and state. The response team includes Village and Town governments; Village Department of Public Works (DPW), Building Department and Fire Department; Town of New Paltz Police; New Paltz Central School District; SUNY New Paltz; NYS State Police; Ulster County DOH and Emergency Services; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH), Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the Governor Cuomo’s office. The village is in charge assisted by all the other agencies. According to Mayor Tim Rogers, “Navigating this water emergency with this help from the NYS DEC, Ulster County Emergency Services, NPPD, NPFD, County DOH, State DOH, the Governor’s office, State Police, NP’s DPW, Building, and Fire Depts, and the NYS Div of Homeland Security & Emergency Services has made me think we’re still lucky working on a problem like this because we’re here in New York State.”

2/11/2020 Water Advisory Update #7

12:35 PM, Water Advisory Update #7

Our licensed water operator and state officials are continuing to take samples of water in numerous locations at the treatment plant and throughout the system. The state has expedited the testing and we hope to have at least partial results by tomorrow morning at the latest. The NYS DOH and DEC are currently conducting testing related to a possible spill at the Village reservoirs on the Mountain Rest Road water treatment plant property.

Residents are still advised to not use the tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. Bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is OK according to county and state officials.

Residents can pick up water at multiple locations today:

  • At Village Hall (25 Plattekill Avenue): 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.
  • At Meadowbrook apartment complex (Meadowbrook Circle): There is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water 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 (3 Huguenot Street): We are awaiting another “water buffalo” and will alert the public when it arrives and is available.
  • There is a tanker and palettes of water bottles and jugs at SUNY New Paltz. Students should check their campus email for more information.

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.

2/11/2020 Water Advisory Update #6

8:20 AM, Water Advisory Update #6

Residents are still advised to not use the tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. Bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is OK according to county and state officials.

Residents can pick up water at multiple locations today:

  • At Village Hall (25 Plattekill Avenue): 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.
  • At Meadowbrook apartment complex (Meadowbrook Circle): There is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water 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 (3 Huguenot Street): We are awaiting another “water buffalo” and will alert the public when it arrives and is available.
  • There is a tanker and palettes of water bottles and jugs at SUNY New Paltz. Students should check their campus email for more information.

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.

Our licensed water operator and state DOH and DEC officials are continuing to take samples of water in numerous locations, including at our water treatment plant. The state is helping expedite the testing and we hope to have results within 24 hours.

2/10/2020 Water Advisory Update #5

Water advisory update #5:

Residents are still advised to not use the tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. Bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is OK according to county officials.

We already have a 6,000 gallon tanker at village hall, it is self serve so people need to bring containers. There are water bottles for pick up at village hall, 5 bottles are available per person. Water bottles will be available till 10:30pm at village hall and we will reopen tomorrow at 8am, and the tanker will be available 24 hours.

There is a “water buffalo” with 500 gallons of water at Meadowbrook apartments near unit 512. Residents need to bring containers for filling and it will be available 24 hours. Shortly we will have another “water buffalo” at the Huguenot Park apartment complex (45 N. Chestnut Street).

We are also working on deploying at least one more location in the village and we will provide info about that tomorrow.

There is already a tanker and palettes of water bottles and jugs at SUNY NP. Students should check their campus email for more information.

2/10/2020 Water Advisory Update #4

Water advisory update #4:

Residents are still advised to not use the tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice. Bathing, showering, washing your dishes or clothes is OK according to county officials.

We already have a 6000 gallon tanker at village hall, it is self serve so people need to bring containers. UPDATE: There are now water bottles for pick up at village hall, 5 bottles are available per person. Water will be available till 9pm.

We are also working on deploying water tankers and water bottle locations throughout the village and we will announce those as they become available. There is already a tanker at, and palettes of water bottles are on their way to SUNY NP.

State and county officials have been taking samples of water in numerous locations, including at our water treatment plant. The state is helping expedite the testing and we hope to have results within 24 hours.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook for updates