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NYS Officials Head To Newburgh To Discuss New Water Filtration Plant

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health will be on hand in Newburgh this evening to talk about a new state-funded water filtration system that is ready to go. The system was built following PFOS water contamination found in the city’s main drinking water source in 2016.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says top officials from the departments will be on hand at the Newburgh City Council meeting that begins at 7.

“We’re at a critical stage right now where we now have this large plant up and ready to go,” Seggos says. “But we want to test it out and we want the public to know how it works and what the implications are.”

On Sunday, City of Newburgh officials announced via a press release and on Facebook that the new plant is up and running though the city still draws water from the Catskill Aqueduct. Concerned citizens, including from the Newburgh Clean Water Project, say they have a lot of questions before the system reconnects residents with Washington Lake, where PFOS contamination was found.