MAYVILLE, N.Y – The Chautauqua County Health Department has issued a boil water order for all Village of Fredonia water customers, including those that live outside of the Village in the Town of Pomfret.
A disruption at the water treatment plant led to water with elevated levels of turbidity entering the distribution system; this water could contain harmful microbes. Boiling the water kills bacteria and other microbes that may be present.
All Fredonia water customers must boil water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee until further notice. Water must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute then cooled prior to use.
Boiled or bottled water must be used to wash dishes by hand; dishes should be allowed to completely air dry after washing. Home dishwashers that reach a temperature of 170⁰F and have a full dry cycle do not need boiled or bottled water. The water may be used for bathing as long as it is not consumed. The water is safe for laundry.
Once turbidity levels have fallen to acceptable levels the Village will collect water samples on consecutive days to make sure the water is safe. Notifications and press releases will be used to inform the public when the boil water order is lifted.
For more information, please contact the Village of Fredonia at (716) 679-2307 or the Chautauqua County Health Department at (716) 753-4481. Please visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/boilwater/ for more information on Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection.