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Posted on: February 16, 2023

City Issues Water System Notice

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Town of Poughkeepsie & City of Poughkeepsie Failed to Meet Public Water System Requirements

Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

The New York State Sanitary Code requires certain water systems to develop and keep up to date water supply emergency plans which includes an analysis of vulnerability to cyber-attack. These plans must be submitted to the New York State Department of Health for review and approval. At least once every five years. Our water system was issued a violation on July 20, 2022, for not submitting our analysis of vulnerability to cyberattack. Our system did not take the required corrective actions required by the New York State Department of Health and was issued a second violation on January 10, 2023. We are required to issue this public notification to inform you of the second violation.

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take any other corrective actions. You may continue to drink the water. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

What is being done?

The analysis was completed and filed with the County of Dutchess Department of Behavioral & Community Health on January 19, 2023. The violation was closed out by the New York State Department of Health on January 24, 2023.

For more information, please contact Water Plant Administrator, Randy Alstadt at 845 451-4173 x2003 (email: ralstadt@pokwateer.com ) or Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, Senior Public Health Engineer, Jim Teed at 845 486-3465 (email: jwteed@dutchessny.gov ).

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you as a customer of the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility, State Water System ID# NY1302774.

Date Distributed: February 17, 2023

Sincerely,

Marc Nelson

Chairman

Poughkeepsie Joint Water Board

Mayor

City of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Cc: NYSDCBH

Town of Poughkeepsie

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