TROY, N.Y. – The City of Troy Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced that Troy drinking water is safe and that all precautions were taken to protect public health after an incident in which a motor vehicle ended up in a tributary creek next to the Tomhannock Reservoir.
“The City of Troy thanks our Department of Public Utilities and first responders—including the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff and Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety—for their quick response to ensure the safety of the vehicle occupants as well as their work to safeguard Troy’s water supply,” said Mayor Wm. Patrick Madden. “Troy maintains high standards for water quality and safety, and I would like to use this moment as a reminder to residents to visit our website and test your water service line as the lead service line replacement program continues this summer.”
At approximately 9:45 PM last night, a single vehicular accident occurred where a car and its occupants ended up in a creek next to the Tomhannock Reservoir. Emergency personnel were able to quickly remove the vehicle from the creek water and the vehicle's occupants were accounted for.
DPU immediately worked to reduce flow from the reservoir to the water plant. The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) were contacted and an assessment determined that there is minimal threat of any contaminants getting into the drinking water supply lines.
DPU is currently on-site with DOH following up with additional samples and reservoir inspections to ensure the continued safety and quality of drinking water, and will continue to test and make assessments.
All precautions were and are being taken to protect public health, and DPU is confident that Troy drinking water is safe.