- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities in New York say the former Orange County operator of a water system in the town of Deerpark has admitted violating clean water laws.

Federal officials said in a release Monday that the Painted Apron Water Company Inc. agreed to settle a lawsuit citing violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the deal approved by a judge Monday will ensure residents of the Painted Apron community will have access to clean water. A lawsuit said the company had ignored repeated efforts by regulators to force compliance with water laws while the company subjected customers to boil-water notices for years.

The deal also requires all records be turned over to new operators and that the previous ownership never operate a public water system again.