State of Emergency Declared in Newburgh
This afternoon, City of Newburgh City Manager Michael G. Ciaravino announced PFOS was discovered in Silver Stream and Washington Lake in Newburgh. PFOS, or Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, is a key ingredient in stain repellent products.
While the detected amounts fall below the established EPA guidelines, the City of Newburgh Manager, Michael Ciravino isn't taking any chances and has directed that these two sources stop being a source for drinking water. Water from Brown's Pond and the Catskills Aqueduct will now provide water to the City of Newburgh.
As a result of this discovery, water conservation measures and some restrictions are now in place for those in the City of Newburgh. They are asking that residents refrain from washing their vehicles, watering their lawns and/or flowerbeds and gardens, and to not use water to fill swimming pools.
In addition, there is a restriction of water use of over 50 gallons per resident per day and water will not be automatically provided at any dining establishment, unless it is requested.
As this is a developing story, there is no word on how long these restrictions will remain in place. We will update you as we get more information.