Dangerous chemical found in Newburgh’s water

Officials in Newburgh called off a state of emergency Tuesday after earlier water testing by the EPA found elevated levels of a chemical found in

City officials say now that water is being drawn from a different source, the water in homes is safe to drink.

City officials say now that water is being drawn from a different source, the water in homes is safe to drink. (5/3/16)

NEWBURGH - Officials in Newburgh called off a state of emergency Tuesday after earlier water testing by the EPA found elevated levels of a chemical found in cleaning products.

The state of emergency was lifted because the city found a temporary solution by switching the source of their water supply to Brown's Pond in New Windsor, which officials say is chemical-free.

The chemical known as PFOS was originally found in Lake Washington and Silver Stream.

PFOS is used in common household cleaning products. Studies show it may be linked to developmental and reproductive problems in animals.

Mayor Judy Kennedy says they have been dealing with the problem for two years and that a recent state inspection found it hadn't gone away, convincing the city manager to call a state of emergency.

Kennedy says she didn't think a state of emergency was in order because the testing showed current levels of PFOS are below those recommended by the EPA.  

City officials say they are focused on lowering PFOS, as well as eliminating the chemical from the water supply altogether. Until then, conservation measures are still in place throughout the city.

City officials still don't know where the contamination came from.

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