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New Windsor Water System Updates


Please find here the latest information regarding the Town of New Windsor's Water System.

Water Update: July 10, 2019

At the July 3, 2019 New Windsor Town Board meeting, it was announced that extensive talks between the Town, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the NYS Department of Health (DOH), and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has led to an agreement whereby the State of New York will provide the Town with a temporary granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration system at the site of the Butterhill Treatment Plant.  

As per the DEC, the system will be designed to remove PFAS, such as the PFOA and PFOS that were recently discovered in the water sourced from the Butterhill wells.  

Design and installation will begin immediately with the stated goal of completion and operation in time for the planned shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct on October 7, 2019.  Until that time, the Town plans to continue providing its users with water that is sourced from the Catskill Aqueduct.  

During the shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct, which is expected to last 10-12 weeks, the Town plans to provide its users with water that is drawn from interconnections maintained with the Town of Newburgh (this water is sourced from the Delaware Aqueduct, Chadwick Lake and, at times, a blend of both Delaware and Chadwick Lake), water that is drawn from the Kroll Well (which is in the final stages of construction and testing of a similar GAC filtration system), and water from the Butterhill Wells, which will be treated through the aforementioned GAC filtration system.  The DEC will continue to monitor both raw water, mid-point samples, and finished water samples from the Butterhill Wells during use of the GAC filtration system at Butterhill, in order to evaluate any changes in the levels of contaminants detected and determine if any additional action is needed.  This continued monitoring will be part of the State’s continuing and ongoing investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination in the area, which data and information will then be used to determine whether a permanent treatment system will be needed.  

Any questions concerning the GAC filtration system at Butterhill can be emailed to [email protected].  This inbox is monitored daily by the DEC, who will respond shortly after any such inquiry.

Once again, all Town officials would like to thank our residents and users for the continued support, understanding and cooperation as pertains to this issue.  It is much appreciated!

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