Binghamton officials say they've been receiving complaints from residents about scare tactics aimed at selling costly water treatment systems.

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The city water department has been hearing from people about sales pitches for home filtration units. Representatives of some businesses may be trying to convince residents their drinking water is unsafe.

Mayor Richard David said the city's water quality is "excellent." He said senior citizens are especially vulnerable to "scams" from people trying to make money selling treatment equipment.

David is advising residents to seek a free inspection from the city water department before paying for any work. Before a contract is signed, people are urged to request proof that a business has valid permits and is licensed in the city of Binghamton.

The mayor said the water department routinely conducts state-required tests on drinking water.

The most recent Binghamton water quality report is available on the city website.

People who want to schedule an inspection by the water department may call 607.772.7210.

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