Boil water advisory lifted in Seneca County

The boil water advisory instituted after a water main break in Seneca Falls has been lifted.

Health officials said that the order, which had been enacted for the Town of Seneca Falls Water District, Fayette Water District #3, Fayette Water District #7, Varick Water District #4 and Romulus Route 89 Water District ended on Friday.

The order was lifted after water sampling showed no bacteria in the distribution system.





Officials: Seneca County residents will need to boil water for 3-4 days after water main break

A boil water alert has been issued for the town of Seneca Falls and other area water districts supplied by the Town of Seneca Falls.

The boil water alert was prompted by a loss of pressure in the Town of Seneca Falls Water District, Fayette Water District #3, Fayette Water District #7, Varick Water District #4 and Romulus Route 89 Water District.

Health officials say to bring water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using. Or use bottled water that’s approved for sale by the state Department of Health.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.




What prompted the boil water alert in Seneca County?

Around 1 p.m. on Wednesday the water system lost pressure due to a waterline break and plant shut down. When water mains lose pressure it increases the chances that untreated water and harmful microbes enter the water system.

Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.




What’s being done now?

Officials say the main is being repaired and the order will be lifted after two consecutive days of sampling reveal negative tests for bacteria.

“It is likely that you will need to boil water for the next 3 to 4 days. You will be informed when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water,” officials said.


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