Oversight of Public Water Systems (Follow-Up)

Issued Date
November 19, 2019
Health, Department of


To determine the extent of implementation of the two recommendations included in our initial audit report, Oversight of Public Water Systems (Report 2017-S-45).

About the Program

Our initial audit report, issued on September 24, 2018, examined whether the Department of Health (Department) is providing effective oversight of the State’s Public Water Systems (PWSs) to ensure water is suitable for people to drink. We found the Department has taken various actions to safeguard the quality of drinking water delivered to PWS customers.  However, we identified opportunities for improved oversight, particularly regarding PWS compliance as well as system and procedural controls. In addition, there are emerging contaminants with known adverse health effects that the Department continues to study to determine whether maximum limits and regulations are appropriate.

Key Finding

  • We found that the Department implemented both recommendations contained in our original audit report.

Brian Reilly

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: Brian Reilly
Phone: (518) 474-3271; Email: [email protected]
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236