People may use the mail slot (marked “BILLS”) located on the side of Village Hall to make payments on water bills during and after business hours, including weekends and holidays.
Drinking Water & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Common Questions & Answers
1. Is drinking tap water safe?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that residents continue to use and drink tap water as usual. As part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Technical Brief recently issued they have stated “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water is low” Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 is mainly thought to be spread between people who are in close contact to on another. Furthermore, drinking water regulations require treatment of public water systems to remove or kill pathogens including viruses.
2. Do I need to boil my drinking water?
Boiling your water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.
3. Is tap water safe to use for hand washing?
The EPA and CDC recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
4. Do I need to buy bottled water or store drinking water?
EPA recommends that citizens continue to use and drink tap water as usual. At this time, there are no indications that COVID-19 is in the drinking water supply or will affect the reliable supply of water.
5.What is the water department doing to ensure our drinking water remains safe?
Treatment of our drinking water is completed in compliance with the well-established EPA water treatment regulations for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water. These treatment requirements include filtration and disinfectants such as chlorine that remove or kill pathogens before they reach the tap. Additionally, the World Health Organization notes that, “conventional, centralized water treatment methods which utilize filtration and disinfection should inactivate COVID-19 virus.”
6. What, if any, Common Sense preparations has the Water Department taken to insure an uninterrupted water supply?
The water department is reviewing its Emergency Response Plan to take any action necessary to insure an uninterrupted water supply.
The water department has suspended all in-home or in-business water meter repair appointments to prevent close contact of our employees with our customers. Water meter reading for normal meter billing and final meter billing will be completed remotely.
It is recommended that customers wishing to pay their water bill either mail their payment to the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, 325 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520, or place the Payment into the secure “BILLS” dropbox located on the parking lot side of the Village Hall.
We have taken steps to partner with other local municipalities to staff our water treatment plants should our staff become ill and unable to report for work.
We have re-allocated our staff in a manner to minimize impact on our department should a staff member become ill.
More information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
The Environmental Protection Agency website at: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater
NYSDOH declares Cornwall-on-Hudson water “acceptable for all uses”
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY – The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently issued a report on the Cornwall-on-Hudson water system pronouncing its water is “acceptable for all uses.”
The DOH tested the Cornwall-on-Hudson drinking water on samples collected on Sept. 29, 2018, for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a follow-up to testing completed in 2016. The agency conducted the tests to identify and test drinking water systems near facilities that may be frequent users of PFAS, such as airports.
The DOH report indicated that the follow-up testing showed levels well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health advisory of 70 parts per trillion of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) combined. Based on results, “no actions are necessary to reduce exposure.” In addition, these results are well below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 parts per trillion (PPT) recommended by the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council.
The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson remains vigilant in the protection of its water supply and continues to monitor its drinking water system on a regular basis in conjunction with the DOH and Orange County Department of Health.
For questions regarding these tests or any other water matter, please contact DOH or the Cornwall-on-Hudson Water Department.
The village’s Annual Water Quality Report, which will be issued later this month, will include the test results.
The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson has introduced a new format for its water bills. A postcard has replaced the perforated envelope that residents of the Town of Cornwall as well as the village receive.
The new format is a step toward a paperless system that will simplify paying village water bills.
“As with any new procedure, we are working to smooth out any difficulties,” Mike Trainor, Village Water Superintendent, said. “We appreciate customers’ patience as we work through the challenges of the new format.”
The name, address, account number and amount owed appear on the postcard. Part of the process includes changing account numbers; the old account numbers are on file. The postcard has a return stub that can be separated and mailed or dropped off with payment. Other municipalities, including the towns of Goshen, Monroe, New Windsor and Warwick, use the postcard format for its water bills.
Some residents have provided feedback on the new system. Some are concerned that postcard format shows their information. Few people see the postcards, however, and the data is public information. For those who are late with payments, the words “PAST DUE” will not appear on the postcards. Others are pleased that they no longer have to open a challenging envelope.
Options are available for those who would rather not receive postcards and prefer other ways to pay their bills:
“If anyone has any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me at village hall (845-534-4200),” Trainor said.