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Newburgh Drinking Water Crisis


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The City of Newburgh is facing a drinking water crisis after toxic chemicals known as PFAS PFOS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were found to have contaminated its primary reservoir, Lake Washington, in May 2016.

New York State has since declared the Stewart Air National Guard Base, as the major source of the contamination, a state Superfund site. Alternate sources of water have been provided to ensure tap water is running free of PFAS in the short term.

Riverkeeper has been working with the city, community groups and other partners to advance three overarching goals: remediation of PFAS sources; establishment of drinking water source protection and restoration programs for the city’s reservoirs; and response to health concerns. Riverkeeper is also seeking to ensure that the lessons learned from Newburgh’s crisis result in better protections for public drinking water supplies statewide.


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