'Do Not Drink' Water Advisory Lifted In New Paltz

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February 14, 2020 - 11:06 am
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The water is now safe to drink in New Paltz.

A "do not drink" water advisory was issued on Monday after residents complained about water tasting and smelling like gasoline. 

The problem was traced to a damaged fuel line for the water treatment plant's heating system. 

Officials say the system has been flushed, they completed their testing and found no contamination.

The advisory has also been lifted.

"Following swift deployment of state resources and the isolation of the contamination source, our extensive testing shows no detectable levels of petroleum compounds in the New Paltz water system and that the water is safe to drink," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "I commend State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and the many state employees who answered the call and worked around the clock to help restore this water system. While we are pleased with the outcome, we will continue to be vigilant and ready to confront any and all threats to our public health."

SUNY New Paltz had cancelled classes and mandated the thousands of students who live on campus to leave by Wednesday.

The school said classes will resume on Monday and card access for residence halls will resume at 10 a.m. on Sunday.