Video Chronicles How Water Makes its way from Hudson to Purification Process in Poughkeepsie

The City of Poughkeepsie has produced a new informational video that explains the past, present and future importance of fresh, clean water to customers served by Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility.

Working under a joint agreement, the City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Poughkeepsie own and operate the facility, which processes 11 million gallons of water drawn from the Hudson River each day. The municipalities continue to make significant improvements to the plant and other aspects of the water system.

The approximate 6-minute video chronicles how raw water from the Hudson is treated, disinfected and purified at the facility.

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City Puts New Water Storage Tanks Online to Replace Aging Underground Reservoir

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Councilwoman Yvonne Flowers took part in a ceremony today heralding the replacement of the City’s underground reservoir with two new 2.5-million water storage tanks. The tanks are located at College Hill Park, which is in Flowers’ ward.

City of Poughkeepsie officials today put two, 2.5-million-gallon water storage tanks online to replace the 5-million-gallon underground reservoir at College Hill Park.

City officials say the tanks will provide a better distribution system, with other benefits.

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Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility Will Get Upgrades

Working under a joint agreement, the City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Poughkeepsie own and operate the Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility, and they are continuing to make significant improvements to the plant.

The two municipalities are moving forward with an approximate $4.5 million project that will replace the facility’s UV disinfection equipment that helps to purify the water originating from the Hudson River.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, “We have spent millions of dollars on making sure the water that we take from the Hudson River is safe to drink. Working with other municipalities, we are taking more steps to protect the water at its source.  But the plant’s operation is imperative as well.”

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Statement by Mayor Rob Rolison Regarding Lawsuit for a Cleaner Hudson River

For decades, industrial pollution in the Hudson River has devastated the commercial fishing industry, and efforts to restore the majestic river to a healthier state have proven entirely unsatisfactory.

I commend the State of New York for filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for prematurely issuing a ‘Certificate of Completion’ for the Hudson River PCB Cleanup.

General Electric should, indeed, conduct additional remediation to clean up the river.

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