MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- In response to the Village of Mayville’s drinking water emergency, the Chautauqua County Health Department, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), teamed up to sample private drinking water wells within a one mile radius of the Village of Mayville’s contaminated wells. This sampling was done to determine if these private wells were also contaminated with Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA).
Twenty-five private wells were sampled on December 19, 2020 and test results received on December 30 show that none of the six
“These results are great news for everyone in the Mayville area who relies on private wells for drinking water,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. “They show that private wells within one mile of the Village’s contaminated wells are PFAS-free, suggesting that private wells further out are also PFAS-free.”
. These chemicals are being scrutinized by health agencies in NYS and elsewhere because they may cause serious health problems.
In 2020, the regulation of two of the chemicals in this group, PFOA and PFOS, began for public water supplies in NYS according to state established standards for the maximum amount allowable in drinking water. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), New York and other states are beginning to take a closer look at other PFAS chemicals to determine if their levels should also be regulated in drinking water.
The ”Do Not Drink” water advisory issued on December 10 for Village of Mayville water customers was lifted on December 24 after a new well was quickly brought on line to replace the contaminated wells and the Village’s water system was flushed out. Ongoing sampling in the public water system shows the water is safe to drink.
- For information about drinking water and health effects, contact NYS DOH Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment at 518-402-7800.
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- For questions of the Village of Mayville, residents may contact: 716-269-4801.