Inside New Paltz’s Week-Long Water Crisis

This story is co-published with The River, a regional newsroom from Chronogram magazine. The complaints started in earnest February 8. New Paltz residents detected something in their water. They posted on social media, talked to their neighbors, and phoned and messaged local officials describing an odor and taste like kerosene or natural gas. A “Do…

BREAKING: New Paltz Water Advisory Lifted

New Paltz’s ‘Do Not Drink’ advisory was lifted overnight after the municipal water system was flushed and its water re-tested. The advisory was put in place Monday morning after residents complained their tap water smelled like kerosene or natural gas. Testing by the state Department of Health after the flushing “showed no detectable levels of…

Underground Fuel Line ID’d as Potential Source of Water Woes

State and Local officials have identified the potential source of New Paltz’s water problems. A sheen observed at one of New Paltz’s local reservoirs likely stems from a compromised underground fuel line for the Village of New Paltz Water Treatment Plant’s heating system, according to the Governor’s Office. The sheen and the resulting state Department…

New Paltz Schools Reopening Wednesday Despite Water Advisory

New Paltz’s elementary schools, middle school and high school will re-open with regular schedules Wednesday despite an on-going ‘Do Not Drink’ advisory for the community. Residents of both the Town and Village of New Paltz were advised early Monday to not use tap water for drinking, cooking, or making ice after residents complained over the…

Here’s the Full List of Where to Get Water in New Paltz

Residents in the Town and Village of New Paltz water districts were warned by village officials early Monday to not drink their tap water. Local officials, aided by the New Paltz Department of Pubic Works, have set up several distribution points to provide water: Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Avenue A 6,000 gallon tanker has been…