NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- It’s an issue New Paltz homeowner Tom McEntee says is concerning. The Plains Road resident says more than 15 homes in the area are drinking out of bottled water, after they say well water in homes started to smell bad and even tasted a little off.
“Initially they said that only the sand and gravel wells would be affected if at all but in fact a lot of the bedrock or much deeper wells have been affected," said McEntee.
The reason village officials say is the need to find a new resource of water, as their current water source, the New York City aqueduct, will be shut down for repairs for more than a month in 2016.
“This water source from our first testing appeared to be very clean source and quite plentiful,” said Principal Engineer of the project David Clouser.
But the village’s drilling to find another resource of water residents say has been anything that’s working well, after residents have found high levels of lead, coliform and low water pressure since July.
“Many other homes have other issues where they’ve had to put water systems put into their house, they’ve clogged filters many people are just upset," said McEntee.
As residents have sent complains to the town saying communication has been lacking, officials say they are looking at other sites in the area, as well as spoken with homeowners.
“We’ve offered well disinfection which would be covered by project costs and also bottled water until that disinfection is complete,” said Clouser.
As for residents they say something more needs to be done.
“We are hopeful that the village and the town look at all sources of water, we certain understand they need water and we want to support that but it shouldn’t be to our determent," said McEntee.