On Monday, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report which finds that the current federal-state regulatory structure “can leave significant gaps” in terms of drinking water protections. It notes that the state took some steps in the 2017-18 state budget to improve drinking water safety.

The report recommends that the state:

–          create a statewide response plan to address drinking water contamination incidents;

–          create a statewide program to proactively monitor the health of residents exposed to drinking water contaminants;

–          apply a more precautionary approach for contaminants that not federally regulated;

–          broaden the scope of review when identifying emerging contaminants; and

–          better inform the public of the potential health impacts of water contaminants.

Comptroller DiNapoli said:

“Clean drinking water is a precious resource that we should never take for granted.  Water contamination in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and Long Island revealed our vulnerabilities. With the President proposing funding cuts to programs that help keep drinking water safe, the state and localities have to take the lead in strengthening safeguards for public water supplies and improve our response to contamination.”