Report: Hudson Valley has second highest rate of water contamination in NY

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A new report has found potentially dangerous contaminants in the state's drinking water, with Hudson Valley having the second highest levels of a certain chemical in the state.

The report, released by the New York Public Interest Research Group, comes as Newburgh draws water from an alternate source because its primary water source is contaminated with the potentially cancer-causing pollutant known as PFOS.

The state government watch group says 6.4 million New Yorkers are drinking water that is not being tested. That's because the government only tests water sources that serve more than 10,000 people.

The report states that in the 176 water systems in the state, there was one or more contaminants found. Levels that exceeded the EPA's health guidance were also found across the state.

NYPIRG is now calling on the state to establish drinking water standards to protect New Yorkers.

"People have the basic right and expectation that when they turn on the tap the government is making sure that the water is safe for them," says Liz Moran, the NYPIRG environmental policy director.

A New York Department of Health spokeswoman said in response to the report, "The recommendations from the Drinking Water Quality Council go above and beyond New York's already protective water quality measures and are being reviewed thoroughly and responsibly."

The spokeswoman also said the DOH will review the report.

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