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Troy, NY Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Troy, NY

Where does Troy's water come from?   The water source for the city of Troy is the Tomhannock Reservoir, a man made reservoir 6 ½ miles northeast of the city. The reservoir is 5 ½ miles long and holds 12.3 billion gallons when full. The quality of the water from the Tomhannock Reservoir is good to excellent. During 2016, the city did not experience any restriction of our water source, only restriction was due to a large water main break in January 2016. Water flows from the reservoir by gravity where seasonally potassium permanganate is added at the intake and at the Melrose Chlorination Station the water is pre-disinfected with chlorine dioxide all year long. The water then flows to the John P. Buckley Water Treatment Plant (WTP) a conventional water treatment plant utilizing coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, chlorination and fluoridation processes. Is Troy's water safe to drink? Does Troy put fluoride in the water? It sounds like they do but it was not detected. 

Source: Troy, NY

Contaminants Found in Troy's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Chromium (hexavalent)

Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater.

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of chromium (hexavalent) in excess of health guideline

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.02 ppb for chromium (hexavalent) was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Contaminant Levels in Albany, NY Compared to Other Regions

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 -  Troy, NY: 0.118 ppb

 - State: 0.143 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

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