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Comptroller audit finds public not notified about drinking water violations

Sep 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Bethany Bump is reporting for the Times Union an audit of the state Health Department's drinking water monitoring program conducted by the state Comptroller's Office found that district and local offices did not always notify the public of drinking water violations in a timely or appropriate fashion. The audit covered a period from January 2014 through March 2018. During that period, 768 water safety violations were recorded in 47 counties statewide. The auditors reviewed 126 of them, and found that the public was never notified of at least 58 of those violations. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said, "Our auditors found the state should redouble its efforts to monitor emerging contaminants in New York's drinking water, notify the public when there are problems and ensure that when contamination of water occurs it is addressed." According to State Sanitary Code, the state's more than 9,100 water systems are required to notify the public anytime high concentrations of contaminants or other water safety violations are discovered. The audit did find, however, that state water systems have a high level of compliance when it comes to water safety, at a rate higher than the national average. Read the full story in the Times Union.