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Three bills intended to upgrade U.S. drinking water systems and address toxic pollutants took a step forward Wednesdsay as the conversation in Washington D.C. focuses on a wide-ranging infrastructure package.

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Environmentalists are speaking out about a bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vetoed. They say the legislation would have protected thousands of miles of headwater streams and creeks.

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An insert that arrived in Albany homeowners' mailboxes with the annual water bill caused some concern about lead.

The city of Albany has 317 miles of water pipes, some of which are more than 135 years old, necessitating occasional repairs and upgrades to guarantee the delivery of clean water and removal of waste and storm water.

Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey says Alcove Reservoir, in place since 1929, is one of the best municipal water supply sources in the Northeast.

But some houses in the city are served by old lead lines.

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The New York Public Interest Research Group has a new report showing the prevalence of emerging contaminants detected in the state’s public drinking water supplies. With a focus the past few years on PFOA and PFOS from Hoosick Falls to Newburgh, NYPIRG highlights other emerging contaminants.

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  As debate continues in Washington over funding to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure, a major project is beginning to improve part of the wastewater treatment system in western Massachusetts.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it has made operational adjustments in anticipation of heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

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Seven communities along the Hudson River are banding together to enhance water quality protections. They get their drinking water from the Hudson and want to ensure their source is protected. The move is part of recommended actions from a report commissioned by a local environmental group.

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20th District Representative Paul Tonko will spend a week touring Capital Region drinking water systems as Congress considers legislation that would support local projects.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it has received a waver allowing it to continue to deliver unfiltered drinking water from upstate sources.

The department announced Thursday the 10-year waiver from the state to deliver drinking water from its Catskill and Delaware systems.

The systems make up the largest unfiltered water supply in the United States.

New York City has pledged $1 billion over 10 years to protect upstate reservoirs.

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A state task force on drinking water quality will begin addressing emerging contaminants and issues in New York communities.

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by Albany Medical Center Tuesday morning to headline a press conference on water systems and infrastructure.

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On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than $32 million in grants and loans are going toward drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York. Four of the seven projects are in the Hudson Valley.

House Reps Call For Safe Drink Water Funding

Mar 31, 2017
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Two dozen House Representatives have called for increasing federal funding to promote safe drinking water.

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

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Statewide testing for lead in drinking water at schools in New York has found 14 percent of outlets sampled in nearly 3,000 schools outside New York City had unsafe levels of the toxic metal.

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Our region has several communities grappling with contaminated water.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

HV Communities Receive Water Infrastructure Grants

Aug 15, 2016
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Hudson Valley communities are the recipients of nearly $30 million in New York state grants for water infrastructure improvements.

Report Shows High Quality of NYC's Drinking Water

May 28, 2013
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A report from a Hudson Valley environmental group finds that the quality of New York City drinking water remains high, but there are potential threats that need to be monitored.

Riverkeeper has released a multi-year study evaluating New York City’s unfiltered drinking supply, a supply that comes from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection watersheds

Kate Hudson is watershed program director for Westchester-based Riverkeeper.