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Small stream. Upper Treman State Park, near Ithaca, NY.
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Stream at Upper Treman Park

Water & Septic Issues


General Water Quality Issues for Consumers

Cornell Cooperative Extension's page on "Water Quality Issues for Consumers" provides consumer information about drinking water, home water treatment, wells, septic systems, bottled water, and other water quality issues to enable them to protect their health, financial resources, and local watersheds.

For local water testing we recommend contacting:

  • St Peter's Bender Laboratory
    (518-525-5480)
    19 Warehouse Row  (off Fuller Rd., near Railroad Ave)
    Albany, NY 12205  
  • Adirondack Environmental Services
    (518-434-4546)
    314 N Pearl St
    Albany, NY 12207 
  • Oneonta Water Treatment Plant
    (607-433-3486)
    110 East St
    Oneonta, NY 13820 
  • NY Certified Water Testing Labs - For additional certified commercial labs that accept samples from the public, and perform fee-for-service analysis; listed by county with fields of analysis for which the lab is certified by the Wadsworth Center of the NYS Department of Health. 
  • Recommended Water Test Fact Sheet (2006) from the Bureau of Water Supply Protection, NYS Department of Health, lists baseline tests that should be performed for new private residential wells, and addional tests that may be suggested by certain water conditions or by nearby activities.

Floods & Drinking Water

  • Private wells & Septic Systems- What to do if your well is involved in a flood links to: CUCE Water Quality Information for Consumers
  • Dealing with a Boil Water Order: 2-page document from Cornell University Cooperative Extension on boiling and/or disinfecting water to make it safe to use.

Last updated July 26, 2019