Village water declared safe to drink after fuel line damaged

February 14, 2020 GMT

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — A do-not-drink advisory has been lifted in New Paltz after a damaged fuel line led to complaints about the taste and smell of the water, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Cuomo announced in a statement Friday that water in the Hudson Valley community is safe to drink, according to the latest tests by the state health department. The results confirmed earlier tests that found no detectable levels of petroleum compounds.

Residents are being advised to flush their plumbing systems to remove any lingering old water.


Mayor Tim Rogers said complaints about water tasting and smelling like gasoline led to a warning Monday to avoid using village water for drinking or cooking. The problem was traced to a damaged fuel line for the water treatment plant’s heating system, he said. The warning led officials to shut down the State University of New York at New Paltz for several days.

The state provided tanks and bottles of fresh water to residents of the village of 7,200 and to the university campus for students who weren’t able to leave. The reservoir affected by the spill was bypassed, and the water system was being flushed to restore clean tap water, Cuomo had said.