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Poughkeepsies’ Joint Water Board Lifts Advisory on Increased Sodium Levels in Drinking Water

Following recent rainstorms, Poughkeepsies’ Joint Water Board has lifted the advisory on sodium levels above 50 mg/L in the treated water supply. Current sodium levels are now between 20 mg/L and 50 mg/L.

 The Water Board does point out that the New York State Department of Health guidance on Sodium says: “Water containing more than 20 mg/l of sodium should not be used for drinking by people on severely restricted sodium diets. Water containing more than 270 mg/l of sodium should not be used for drinking by people on moderately restricted sodium diets.”

Customers with health conditions that necessitate reduced sodium intake should contact their health professional for individual guidance. If you have questions regarding sampling results please call Poughkeepsies’ Joint Water Board’s Environmental Lab Director, Dottie DiNobile at (845) 451-4173 ext. 2012 or James Teed, Senior Engineer, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health at (845) 486-3404.   

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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