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water safety

Advocates for clean drinking water say proposed new limits by the state Health Department for chemicals in the water supply that are linked to cancer and other serious illnesses are too high and will lead to serious health problems.

Hoosick Falls residents came to the Capitol on Wednesday to demand hearings on the water crisis that has revealed high levels of a toxic chemical in many people’s bloodstreams. They did not get hearings but did get a private meeting with a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The long, hot summer continues, and more people are trying to cool off at area beaches, lakes, and swimming pools.

Health officials are advising they get the facts to prevent drowning -- the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Sandra Schneider is professor of emergency medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital. She says, first and foremost, young children need to be watched at all times when they're in or near the water.