Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's all about informing the public

Hi QC,

Just thought I'd let you know about the DEP notice I got in my water bill- In January 2013. After all it does say to share it with other people who drink this water. It does say to post notice in public places, etc. Funny how it I can't find it on DEP at - even when I type in the ID # or Kensico Reservoir, or Hurrincane sandy, etc.

Also it is interesting:

  • That its is about the quality of the water being compromised 2 month prior.
  • That there was no notice from notify NYC.
  • That I have not heard of this in any news media to date.

Here are a few paragraphs:
"On October 29,2012, the turbidity of the New York City Catskill-Delaware Water Supply at the Kensico Reservoir in Valhalla, New York in Westchester County exceeded 5 nephelometric turbidity units (NIUs) at approximately 6:30 PM. The turbidity returned to below 5 NTU at approximately 8: 15PM The highest recorded turbidity value was 11NTU.

Although this was not an emergency, and no action is required on your part, you, as our customer have a right to know the circumstances. There is no reason to stop using the water supplied to your home/businessas a result of this violation.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria. viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. These symptoms can have various causes and are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice from a health care provider.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especiaIly those who may not have received this notice directly. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand. Landlords and building managers responsible for multi-family dwellings - please post this notice in a conspicuous place.
Public Water System ID#: NY7003493"

If you google or search on

"On October 29, 2012, the turbidity of the New York," you will find it.

But you need to have the notice to find it.

-Joe L.


georgetheatheist said...

And how come you have to pay your water bill to an address in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Anonymous said...

No wonder me and some of my friends were reporting having cases of "loose bowels"!

I didn't have a virus...fever or any other symptoms...didn't eat any bad food either.

I suspected Sandy was responsible for contaminating our water supply.

Anonymous said...

Just remember, what the DEP calls “turbidity” is what most of us know as “goose shit” and the stuff that grows on it. Next time that you’re thirsty, you might want to grab a beer…

Anonymous said...

No doubt this is related to the recent Norovius outbreak.

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like Mexico in some parts of Queens, this will just add to the ethnic feeling!

Anonymous said...

Stop pretending our water is pure and build a filtration plant like everyone else and stop harassing little old ladies in Westchester with septic tanks. What are you doing building all these new engineering schools if you can't build a puny filter?

Unknown said...

I actually remember hearing on ny1 about the extra chlorine after sandy which they said was safe for humans, but no mention for pets. I called my vet who said it shouldn't be a problem, but to be on the safe side I gave my pets bottled water for a while.

Anonymous said...

Yes Michel...remember, chlorine gas kills!
So overly chlorinated water can be dangerous.