DON'T WORRY. WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK. WHEN I GOT HOME I HAD MANY MESSAGES FROM RESIDENTS WHO RECEIVED an automatic phone message from another government entity, NOT THE TOWN ABOUT GREENBURGH WATER. MY OFFICE WAS NOT ADVISED THAT CALLS WERE BEING MADE. THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND THE POLICE CHIEF WERE ALSO NOT ADVISED OF THE automatic phone calls. SOME RESIDENTS STARTED TO PANIC, BECAUSE OF THE PHONE MESSAGES, BELIEVING THAT THE WATER IS NOT SAFE.
I SPOKE WITH THE POLICE CHIEF AND COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS. THIS IS A MEMO THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS SENT. I AM ALSO FORWARDING A COPY OF THE RELEASE SENT OUT BY THE COUNTY.
A lesson was learned. If automatic phone messages pertaining to water safety are sent out by the county or by any other government entity, local elected officials should be advised. I have many phone messages on my home machine and will try to get back to everyone.
I am sorry if people were upset or stressed out over the phone message you received. Again, the water is safe.
I intend to discuss this incident with the Town Board, Public Works Commissioner, Police Chief and county officials. If the water department is swamped with calls -a message on their answering machine should be posted explaining the situation. We will learn from this.
From: Victor Carosi
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 10:14 PM
To: Joseph DeCarlo; Paul Feiner; Town Board; Timothy Lewis; Charles Martins; John K. Devany
Subject: Re: water is safe to drink in Greenburgh
The Town of Greenburgh water is SAFE to drink. The Town is asking our users to conserve water this weekend as we will be supplying drinking water to other communities while their supply from the Catskill system is suspended. The Town receives water through the Delaware system which is not affected by the current problem.
Again, the water provided to the Town of Greenburgh Water District remains safe to drink.
Cheryl Archbald, MD, MPH, Acting Commissioner, Department of Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2011
WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY FOR ELMSFORD, GREENBURGH, IRVINGTON, SLEEPY HOLLOW, TARRYTOWN AND VALHALLA GRASSLANDS CAMPUS
Residents strongly advised to conserve water now through Sunday morning
Residents of Elmsford, Greenburgh, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and the Valhalla Grasslands campus are strongly advised to restrict their water use now through Sunday morning due to impacts following heavy rains caused by Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has advised the health department that it will shut down the Catskill Aqueduct tonight due to high fecal coliform levels, which will limit water capacity in the aforementioned communities.
Residents are asked not to water their lawns, wash cars and to limit other non-essential use of water.
Water suppliers in these communities also have enacted water use restrictions and notified their customers.
For more information, residents should contact their water supplier.