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March 03, 2016

Date: March 3, 2016
Contact:  Dennis Gaffney                                                                      
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For Immediate Release 

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan released results of recent tests done by the City of Albany Water Department at the Alcove Reservoir, the City’s source of drinking water. The results demonstrated no detectable levels of PFOAs, or perfluorooctanoic acid. The testing was done given recent reports of PFOAs that have been found in water supplies in nearby communities.*

“While these results were expected, because of the concerns in other communities, the Water Department believed it was important to reassure residents that our water supply is safe,” said Mayor Sheehan. “I want to thank Commissioner Joe Coffey and the dedicated men and women in our Water Department for the work they do to ensure our water is up to the standards residents expect in the City of Albany.”

*Tests were done on February 17th, 2016.




Chartered in 1686, the City of Albany is the oldest continuously chartered city in the United States, and has been the State Capital since 1797. Although the City is the seat of State Government and a thriving center of education, culture and commerce, its real spirit lies in its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. In January 2014 Kathy M. Sheehan became the City’s 75th Mayor.