(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) — A State of Emergency was declared in a small town in the metropolitan area of New York Monday due to the discovery of contaminated water.
City officials in Newburgh — with a population of roughly 30,000, is located about 60 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River — detected elevated levels of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), a key ingredient found in Scotchgard and numerous stain repellents.
The New York State Department of Conservation and The Department of Health have recommended that steps be taken to reduce or eliminate the compound from the city’s water system, according to a statement released by City Manager Michael Ciaravino.
Officials are asking people to conserve usage while the city draws water from other local resources for the time being.
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