posted on March 11, 2010 15:12
A trio of State Street Road homes are without potable water in the Town of Batavia today, after their wells were found to be contaminated with e-coli bacteria.
Interim County Health Director Randy Garney says the homeowners complained of clouded water with a funny smell. Wells were tested for bacteria on Tuesday. Contamination was confirmed just yesterday.
Garney says the different types of bacteria found in the water are also typically found in cattle manure.
Each of the three homes is near a farm field.
Garney says the State Department of Environmental Conservation has been contacted. They will investigate whether any farmers violated the terms of their manure spreading permit.
According to Garney, this is the third time in 10 years that Genesee County wells have been contaminated with e-Coli. It is also the second time wells have been found contaminated near State Street Road.