Valatie's annual drinking water report now available
Emilia Teasdale is reporting in The Columbia Paper at the meeting of the Valatie Village Board on June 14, Mayor Frank Bevens announced the village's 2021 Drinking Water Quality Report is now available. According to the report, all levels of chemicals tested “were within acceptable limits with the exception of third-quarter PFOS samples from well 1.” That well has since been taken out of service and village officials are currently working with an engineer and the county Department of Health on a long-term solution. Earlier this year, water supplies in Valatie and New Lebanon were found to have PFOS levels that exceed the state maximum contaminant level. The new report also shows levels of copper from “corrosion of household plumbing system” in the system. Those levels for copper are at "Action Level" meaning “the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements… The Valatie Water System is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.” At the same meeting, Bevens also discussed a state program to help residents pay their water and sewer bills. The mayor said he has posted information on the village website about the Household Water Assistance Program, intended to help households with past due bills. Bevens said the state pays the village directly. To be eligible for the program, residents must qualify based on income, household size, and amount owed to water and/or sewer providers. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.