posted on March 21, 2014 10:57
Since the initiation of the Boil Water Advisory (BWA) one week ago, 31 private drinking water wells have been tested with 15 confirmed to have bacteriological contamination of coliform bacteria and E. coli. Residents who have had their water tested and confirmed positive have been notified at this time.
These organisms can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants and people with compromised immune systems. Residents in this area who are experiencing these symptoms should contact their medical provider.
The Genesee County Health Department continues to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with their investigation to determine the exact origin and extent of the contamination.
Residents near Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road east of Rt 63 and Lewiston Road south of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road are urged to continue following the instructions below until their water can be confirmed safe to drink. With the extent of the contamination not yet determined, residents in the area are encouraged to watch for and report any signs of potential contamination in their water supply.
Instructions: Boil (rolling boil for one minute) tap water or use bottled water for drinking and cooking. If well water quality changes as noticed by color and/or smell, immediately stop using it for all household uses other than flushing toilets.
For additional information about a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) and how to stay safe during one, Visit this WEBSITE