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.
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.
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.”
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.