Report: NYS should do more to protect drinking water

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jun 20, 2017

A new report from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli concludes that state officials can do more to protect residents from drinking water contamination.

The findings are part of an analysis released by DiNapoli's office on Monday. They come after potentially harmful industrial chemicals were found in water in Newburgh and Hoosick Falls.

The Democratic comptroller says those and other recent incidents of contamination revealed vulnerabilities in the state's drinking water supply.

The report recommends that the state create a statewide response plan to address contamination incidents and actively monitor the health of affected residents. It also urges the state to take a "more precautionary" approach to chemicals that aren't regulated by the federal government, and fully inform the public about the possibility of health problems related to contaminations.