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The New York City watershed supplies clean fresh drinking water to nine million people in New York City and Putnam, Orange, Westchester and Ulster Counties. Because of the high quality of our water, the New York City water system has been granted a filtering exemption by the federal government.
New York State is considering allowing the use of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York, including in areas close to or in the watershed. Hydraulic fracturing has resulted in the contamination of water supplies throughout the country. The chemicals used in the fracking process include known carcinogens. Building and running a filtration plant would add hundreds of dollars to water bills. It is not known whether filtering the water can remove the fracking chemicals.
Once a water supply is contaminated it can not be reversed.