MIL-OSI USA: Maloney Delivers Funding to Remove PFAS Chemicals from Lewisboro Water Supply

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)

Headline: Maloney Delivers Funding to Remove PFAS Chemicals from Lewisboro Water Supply

Newburgh, New York — Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney toured the Lewisboro water treatment plant and hosted local leaders and impacted residents to celebrate $1.8 million dollars he is delivering to clean up the Lewisboro water supply and remove PFAS chemical contaminants. Rep. Maloney has announced nearly $20 million dollars for Hudson Valley priorities, including the Lewisboro project, via federal funds for community projects.  

“Dangerous chemicals have no place in our drinking water, here in Lewisboro or anywhere across the country. Today, we are taking a major step forward to ensure residents in Lewisboro have clean water now, and for generations to come, by delivering $1.8 million to remove PFAS contaminants from the water supply,” said Rep. Maloney. “While Lewisboro took interim steps to protect the community from exposure to PFAS chemicals, we’re bringing the federal support necessary to help them afford a long-term solution and I am so proud to have partnered with local leaders for this new and improved clean water infrastructure.”

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Rep. Maloney was joined by a group of local elected leaders, affected residents, and advocates, including: 

  • Tony Gonçalves, Lewisboro Supervisor
  • Andrea Rendo, Lewisboro Town Council Member
  • Heather Lackey, Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Chris Burdick
  • Robert Flores, Project Manager, Delaware Engineering

Photos and video from the event, including remarks by all speakers and Q & A, can be found [here]. See below for highlights from those remarks and statements of support from key stakeholders:

“The success of this project and this process can be attributed to the collaboration of all levels of government. We had local, county, state, and federal all working together. And this is how government should work,” said Tony Gonçalves, Lewisboro Supervisor. “The beneficiaries will be the people here in the Oakridge Water District who rely on this water plant for clean, safe drinking water and I’m looking forward to getting this project off the ground. […] Thank you Congressman Maloney, and your office and staff, for your help.”

“I just want to say thank you very much to Sean Patrick Maloney for all his hard work, and to our Town Supervisor for his persistence,” said Andrea Rendo, Lewisboro Town Council Member. “As co-liaison to the Oakridge Water District with our Supervisor, we hope to continue in this direction and provide the clean water that residents deserve.”

“With what is known now about dangerous chemicals like PFAS, it is imperative that government work to ensure that residents’ drinking water supply is safe. Thanks to this funding secured by Representative Maloney, the residents of Lewisboro can rest assured knowing that their elected officials are on the case,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “As a County government, we have undertaken similar efforts in other parts of Westchester to remedy this potentially harmful situation and will continue to do so until we can right what is wrong.”

 

 “This water facility here has been contaminated with PFAS and, even though there’s the temporary operational controls to provide levels below the health department levels, we have to remove it permanently and have zero detectable levels of PFAS entering people’s homes. So that’s what the granular activated carbon, the GAC filter, that we’re designing and building will do,” said Robert Flores, Project Manager. “The contamination is here. It’s real. The good thing is we know how to get rid of it. We know how to treat it. And, even better news, […] there’s money to pay for it.”

Additional footage is available [here]. Photos and video may be used for publication.

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Background on Lewisboro Water Project:

  • Oakridge Water District PFAS Mitigation
    • Location: Lewisboro, NY
    • County: Westchester County
    • Amount: $1,800,000
    • Purpose: This project will repair the PFAS levels in the Oakridge Water District public water system with carbon filtration and expansions to the existing water plant structure. 

Background on Rep. Maloney’s Community Project Efforts:

  • Rep. Maloney is delivering funds for 10 vital community projects, including $3.5 million for Middletown’s clean water systems, through the annual government funding legislation. The bill was signed into law by President Biden on March 15, 2022 and the funds are in the process of being distributed to local projects.
  • In total Rep. Maloney delivered $19.5 million for Hudson Valley projects.
  • Other projects include funding for local police departments, replacing aging sewer systems, and more. A complete projects list with quotes from relevant stakeholders is available here.

Additional Background:

  • Rep. Maloney has consistently fought for funding to improve local water infrastructure and address contaminants like lead and PFAS chemicals.
  • In 2022, New York will receive over $400 million dollars in funding to improve water quality from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Rep. Maloney helped write as a Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Additional funds will be allocated to New York annually for the next five years through the EPA. The $400 million for 2022 includes:
    • $40 million for addressing contaminants like PFAS
    • $115 million for lead service line replacement 
  • Additional information regarding clean water funding can be found on the EPA’s website here and information on the 2022 allocation for New York can be found here.
  • Questions regarding PFAS contaminant levels or water quality in specific localities should be directed to local water departments. Questions regarding the timeline for local allocations should be directed to the NY State Department of Health.

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