A change in where the town of New Windsor gets its water is on the way after testing done last month by the Department of Health found levels of PFOA and PFOS in the town’s water supply.
It comes despite care taken by the town when the Butterhill Well site was established.
“All the precautions were taken by the town during the development of the well, and they were tested for these substances and were found to be very clean,” said Richard McGoey, engineer for the Town of New Windsor.
This water source is new, only being in operation for a year. The DOH says the levels of PFOA and PFOS found at this site are acceptable for drinking.
“It was the decision of the supervisor as well as the town board that acceptable wasn’t good enough and therefore that was the reason for the switch,” said New Windsor Town Board Member Andrew Regenbaum.
But in an abundance of caution, the town wants to make certain the water made available is as safe as can be.
The temporary solution is now to take water from the Catskill Aqueduct that feeds New York City. The town’s goal is to get the Butterhill Wells site back to non-detectable levels of the chemicals, like it had been before.