SUNY New Paltz Campus Shuts Down Over Possible Water Contamination

Marla Diamond
February 12, 2020 - 7:25 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A potential contamination in the water caused the SUNY New Paltz campus to shut down Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the issue has been traced to a compromised underground fuel line for the village's water treatment plant heating system. 

There were several complaints of odor and taste in the tap water by residents. Officials later said sheen was discovered on the surface of town reservoirs.

Cuomo ordered over 40,000 gallons of clean water to be sent over to New Paltz after a no-drink order was placed into effect.

Bathing, showering, and washing dishes is still allowed, county and state officials said, but residents are being told not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or making ice.

"Protecting public health and safety is our top priority and with the potential source of this contamination now identified, our work to restore New Paltz's water system and put an end to this situation continues," Cuomo said. "As this happens, we will ensure residents continue to have access to clean water and the community has the support and access to resources that it needs." 

All classes for SUNY New Paltz have been canceled until after President’s Day weekend.

The school also mandated the thousands of students who live on campus to leave by midday on Wednesday.

They are not expected to return until Feb. 16 at the earliest. International students will remain on campus.

Water is being provided to the college, schools in the New Paltz Central School District, and to the village.