Water advisory update #7, Tuesday 2/11 12:35pm Village of New Paltz

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: 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 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 NP. 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.

Updated 5:15PM-  Village of New Paltz:

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. Soon we will have water bottles for pick up at village hall. 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.

Original coverage:

After complaints began surfacing over the weekend regarding a strange smell and some taste differences of the water in the Village of New Paltz, an official statement from the mayor came out shortly before 1pm today, February 10th.

While we continue to investigate the source of this smell and taste problem in our water we are encouraging residents to avoid using the water.

We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible and will provide updates as we continue to investigate.

Some residents began noticing a strange taste in their water during the past few days, while others noted that there was a concerning odor, noting it smelled like gasoline or diesel fuel.

On Sunday just after 11am, the Village of New Paltz posted the following on their facebook page:

We have received inquiries about taste differences in our municipal water. Our plant operator is working hard to figure out if anything has changed.

We have received inquiries like this in the past when we switch from Catskill Aqueduct water to our local reservoirs and vice versa. There have been pH level differences between the waters that become very noticeable in taste.

We are also looking to see if there might be differences since we are using our new more efficient water filtration system as well as having just recently started using Catskill Aqueduct water again after the NYC DEP completed a phase of repairs last month.

We are in contact with the NYC DEP and are working closely with them to try to identify any differences. We will continue to investigate and try to figure out what is going on.

In the interim, we will switch back to just using our local reservoir water.

As we receive more information, we will keep the community updated.

Mayor Tim Rogers