Officials say New Paltz water safe to drinkThe Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. — Mike Randall The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.
Feb. 14-- Feb. 14--NEW PALTZ -- The do-not-drink advisory for New Paltz water customers has been lifted.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced overnight Thursday that tests performed by the state Health Department on water samples taken after flushing of the distribution system was completed confirmed earlier test results that showed no detectable levels of petroleum compounds.
Eleven samples taken after the village's water system was flushed showed no trace of the petroleum compounds, according to Mayor Tim Rogers' Office.
The water can now be used for drinking, cooking and making ice. Residents are being advised to flush their systems to remove any old water that might be lingering there.
SUNY New Paltz, which canceled classes starting Tuesday and told resident students to leave the campus on Wednesday, said students will be allowed back on campus starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. The dining hall will also open Sunday, and classes will resume Monday.
The water advisory was issued Monday after residents complained the water had a peculiar smell and taste.
A sheen was noticed on one of the village's four reservoirs on Tuesday.
Village officials believe that during the installation of the water treatment plant's new filtration system, a third-party contractor accidentally damaged an underground fuel line supplying the plant's heating system, and that the oil gradually seeped into the soil and then into the reservoir.
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