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Mount Vernon Issued Violations For Drinking Water

Mount Vernon was issued a drinking water violation due to high turbidity levels during Hurricane Sandy.
Mount Vernon was issued a drinking water violation due to high turbidity levels during Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Greg Maker

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The New York State Board of Health issued a drinking water violation to Mount Vernon Monday due to increased turbidity levels during Hurricane Sandy.

Water Commissioner Anthony Bove said that turbidity levels, which measure the cloudiness of the water, increased during the storm for approximately 90 minutes. Bove said the storm was responsible for the increased levels due to the high amount of water.

A news release from the city said that turbidity has no health effects but it can interfere with disinfection of the water.

“No one was in danger,” Bove said. “It wasn’t much of a situation but the Board of Health requires us to report the violation.”

Bove said  the city has been reporting water violations to residents through the Internet and email since the storm, including a broken water main just north of E. Third Street near the intersection of Grandview and Vernon avenues causing the water to be “brown” and “cloudy.”

The city is asking landlords and businesses to share the information with others. For more information contact the Board of Water Supply at (914)668-7820.

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