Water and Septic Issues
General Water Quality Issues for Consumers
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:
Adirondack Environmental Services
314 N Pearl St
Albany, NY 12207
Oneonta Water Treatment Plant
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 June 8, 2021