Hudson — No anomalies or major pollutants have been found in the city’s water, according to a 2021 report on the system released this week.
The city’s drinking water meets New York State Department of Health requirements, the report said.
Try telling residents that many of them avoid the Hudson’s tap water at all costs.
Cecille Ruiz, who owns the Spanish restaurant Bodega Aguila Real in Hudson, doesn’t drink tap water at all.
“I’m picky about water,” she said. “I don’t like the smell of tap water.”
Some seek other options.
“I have filtered water installed on the refrigerator door, so I rarely drink from the tap,” says Peter Jung, owner of Peter Jung Fine Art
Mayor Kamal Johnson said Friday that most Hudson residents don’t drink tap water.
“I think it’s more of a matter of taste,” Johnson said. “Most Hudsonians drink bottled water.”
Rob Perry, director of the city’s Department of Public Works, is pleased with the results of the assessment.
“There are no water quality issues with our public water supply or treatment process,” he said. “But this has been going on for more than 10 years.”
The water source assessment rated the Churchtown Reservoir as moderate to high sensitivity to microbial and phosphorus contaminants and low to organics, industrial solvents, nitrates and other industrial contaminants.
All water sources, even bottled drinking water, are expected to contain some contaminants, the report said.
The Hudson’s water is considered safe to drink, but like their constituents, members of the common committee avoided tap water.
Fifth District Council Member Dominic Merante has lived in Hudson all his life. He only uses tap water when needed, such as brushing his teeth.
“My personal preference is to choose to drink bottled water,” he said.
The difference between water quality assessments and how Hudson community members use water is primarily due to the taste of the water.
It’s also linked to concerns about the Hudson’s lead pipes.
“We have a major service line in Hudson because the city is very old,” said George Topple Jr., chief water treatment plant operator in Hudson.
Sewage treatment plant. “To mitigate any issues with lead and copper, we raised the pH of the water and used zinc orthophosphate to coat the inside of the water pipes.”
The pH value represents the “hydrogen potential” in a liquid. It is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of water.
The Hudson’s main water lines are not made of lead, but many of the service lines that bring drinking water to people’s homes are.
Elevated lead levels can cause serious health problems, especially in young children and pregnant women.
“The City of Hudson is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but has no control over the kinds of materials used in plumbing components,” the report said.
The report also recommends that if a home’s water supply has stalled and hasn’t been running for a while, residents can help minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing taps for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using drinking or cooking water.
Compared to the report’s consensus that drinking water in the Hudson is safe, this recommendation seems capricious.
Topper declined to answer questions about whether the city was responsible for removing all leaded water pipes in the Hudson.
“It’s a political issue,” Topper said.
Johnson said that day will come when all lead lines have been excavated.
“The city is getting grants that will replace lead pipes over the next few years,” he said.
The grants he was referring to were the Water Quality Improvement Grant and the Community Development Block Grant.
The city’s plans to remove the lead pipes are unclear.
Although bottled water is an accepted alternative to tap water, the World Health Organization has announced plans to conduct a review of the risks of plastic particles in drinking water, after a study found that more than 90% of samples of popular bottled water contained tiny plastics Fragment brand.
Also, plastic water bottles contribute to climate change. In 2019, the Center for International Environmental Law estimated that the average production of plastics would add 850 million tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
To reduce plastic, the Hudson City School District encourages students to bring their own reusable bottles with a filtered water system embedded in its refill station.
New York State also requires annual lead testing of school water.
“Our fountains were shut down to allow access to the filtration system,” said Hudson City School District Superintendent Lisamarie Spindler. “It’s always good to have an extra filter.”