We're following a health alert in Fredonia, where people in the village are being asked to boil and conserve their water. As YNN's Mark Goshgarian tells us, a problem at the water treatment plant has put the entire area on notice.
FREDONIA, N.Y. — "Just boiling water, really so we could make coffee," said Bob Artico, Fredonia resident.
Artico spent the day outside putting up Christmas decorations, and didn't mind having to boil and conserve water inside.
"It really hasn't been an inconvenience, this is something that doesn't happen very often," said Artico.
Wednesday, the County Health Department ordered residents to boil water, and conserve their use.
Problems with a chemical feed pump at the water treatment plant in Fredonia caused the water clarity to fall below department standards.
"The water quality had deteriorated badly, we got the pump working... the water wasn't getting treated with the chemicals so it went from being clear to dirty and it was above the limits the health department allows," said Rob Lancaster, Water Plant Chief Operator.
Plant officials spent Thursday working to fix the problem.
"There was no definitive test that we ran to show that the water was contaminated, it could be safe, but it might not be, so we're treating it like its not," said Lancaster.
The problem affected operations at Carriage House and SUNY Fredonia. University officials put up signs at drinking fountains, and shut down its soda machines.
"We've provided bottled water to all of our students living in the residence halls... all of our hot beverages and all the water that's used in cooking is all boiled so there's no issues there," said Michael Barone, SUNY Fredonia Director Of Public Relations.
Until the problem is resolved, health officials urge people to be prepared.
"Consider putting off doing laundry or a laundromat in a different community, trying to plan out showers or space things out, buy some extra supply of bottled water to drink and also use for brushing teeth and washing in the meantime," said Christine Schuyler, Health Department Commissioner.
The boil order will be lifted once the water quality is safe for two consecutive days.