“CITY OF NEWBURGH – A new water treatment system designed to filter out the toxic chemical that shut down Newburgh’s primary water supply nearly two years ago will allow the city to resume drawing water from the lake by the end of this month or early February, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Newburgh’s roughly 28,000 residents and the city’s businesses have been drinking, cooking and bathing with water from New York City’s Catskill Aqueduct since June 7, 2016, a month after a health and environmental crisis emerged following the announcement over the lake’s PFOS levels…

Its foundation is an array of 18 tanks standing 27 feet high. Each is filled with 40,000 pounds of granular carbon that will filter water before it is distributed to residences and businesses.

It is a larger version of the granular carbon system installed in the Village of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County municipality whose public water supply was contaminated with PFOA, which belongs to the same family of chemicals as PFOS.”

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