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All water produced at the Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility is taken from the Hudson River 1,000 feet from shore and 42 feet below the mean surface elevation.
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Yes, Poughkeepsies Water Treatment Facility produces drinking water that meets all the federal and state drinking water standards. In homes that have lead services and lead plumbing fixtures your plumbing may cause your tap water to exceed the drinking water standard. We have installed an additional chemical treatment at the treatment facility to reduce this potential and anticipate this problem will be eliminated.
The Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility is a conventional filtration plant.
Parts of the distribution system are old. Rust or sediments may have accumulated over the years and any changes in flow may disturb this material and cause discolored water. Entrained air may also cause the water to be “milky”. Typical events that may cause temporary discoloration of the water include:
Do not drink discolored water. Should this occur, run your cold water faucet for a period to clear the water. If the water remains discolored run the cold water in the bathtub at full rate for 5-10 minutes. If discoloration remains City of Poughkeepsie customers should call the Department of Public Works at 845-451-4111, Town of Poughkeepsie customers should call 845-462-6535.