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Water use is back to normal for Village of Fredonia
Monday, December 03, 2012

Click here for a safety/fact sheet published by Chautauqua County:

Update Monday, Dec. 3: 3 p.m.
The Boil Water Alert has been lifted. Effective 3:00pm Monday, December 03, 2012, the boil water order for the Village of Fredonia and it's water customers has been lifted by the Chautauqua County Health Department. It is now safe to use the water for drinking, cooking, and all other normal uses. Residents are also no longer required to conserve water.


The Village of Fredonia Water treatment plant was back into normal operations on Friday evening, November 30th. Village water staff collected water samples from throughout the distribution system on both Saturday and Sunday. Samples were tested for total coliform bacteria and turbidity, a measure of the cloudiness of the water. Both rounds of bacteria testing, analyzed by the Chautauqua County Health Department laboratory, have confirmed that no known harmful bacteria are present in the Village of Fredonia Water System.

Update Monday, Dec. 3

According to Fredonia Mayor Steven Keefe Sunday afternoon, the Chautauqua County Health Department is advising the public to continue to boil water in the village.

Update Friday, Nov. 30:

The Chautauqua County Health Department and the Village of Fredonia advise that the boil water notice will continue until at least Sunday, Dec. 2.  Until further notice, water should be boiled for drinking and brushing teeth, or bottled water should be used.  Please continue to conserve water.

Announcement: Nov. 30:

The Chautauqua County Health Department issued a Boil Water Advisory for any drinking water for the Village of Fredonia.  Until further notice, all drinking water should be boiled. We will advise you when this situation changes.

As a result, the campus has implemented several precautionary measures to address the situation. Signs have been placed at all residence halls, dining halls and at drinking fountains on campus.

All faculty, staff and commuting students should bring in their own bottled water for consumption during the day.  

FSA will be boiling all water for cooking prior to use. All hot coffee beverages meet the health department standard for purification due to the brewing temperature of 180-190 degrees so we will still be in business with hot beverages.

All cold beverages, including mixed Starbucks and Tim Hortons and Pepsi fountain drinks will be shut down.

FSA will be providing the following:

  • Water from Dunkirk will be placed in portable containers at Cranston Marche’ and Erie Dining Hall for consumption during meal periods.
  • FSA will be obtaining bottles of water to be delivered this afternoon to all residents in the residence halls.  The distribution of 1 bottle per resident will be coordinated through Residence Life with FSA’s assistance.  This will ensure that all students who do not have the capability to boil water will have a bottle to take medication or brush teeth.
  • FSA has ordered over 10,000 bottles of water to be delivered either late this evening or first thing in the morning for retail sale.
  • Next Generation Vending has been notified to bring extra water to ensure that all vending machines are at max capacity.

Please share this information with fellow employees and students.

As always, your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

The county's full initial release from earlier today is found below, followed by a follow-up release this afternoon encouraging residents to conserve water.


The Chautauqua County Health Department is asking all customers of the Village of Fredonia water supply to boil all water used for drinking and cooking.

A problem occurred at the Village's water treatment plant during the morning of November 28, 2012 that created a situation where the drinking water did not meet Health Department standards.  A failure of a chemical feed pump caused finished water turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, to exceed New York State Health Department standards.  As a precaution, the Chautauqua County Health Department has issued this boil water order until further notice.

All Village water customers are advised to bring their water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills any bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Your water is routinely monitored for turbidity (cloudiness) to determine if it is being properly filtered. Water samples taken on Wednesday November 28, 2012 had turbidity levels of 1.0 turbidity units.  This is above the allowable standard of 0.3 turbidity units. Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes.

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

The chemical feed pump is being repaired and is expected to be operating properly by noon on November 28, 2012.  To make sure water in the distribution system is safe, the Village will be collecting water samples over the next several days and having them analyzed by a certified laboratory.

This boil water order is expected to continue until at least Friday November 30, 2012. For more information, please contact the Village Hall at 679-2302 or 679-2303 or the Chautauqua County Health Dept. at 753-4481 or 363-4481.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

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Christine Schuyler BSN, MHA
Commissioner of Human Services
Chautauqua County Department of Social Services 716-753-4590
Chautauqua County Department of Health 716-753-4314
HRC Building, 7 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757


The Village of Fredonia's water treatment plant continues to experience problems with its treatment system.  At this time the Village is working to correct the problem but the plant is not able to produce water that meets Health Department standards.  To keep from filling the system with inadequately treated water, all water that is being used by Village customers is currently coming from the Village's storage tanks; those sources are being depleted.  The Village has opened the connection to receive water from the City of Dunkirk's supply, but that interconnection is limited in the amount of water that it can transfer to the Village



Until further notice, all customers of the Village of Fredonia Water Supply are strongly urged to conserve water, preferably cutting water usage in half, using only what is absolutely necessary.  The following must be done in order to conserve water:

  • Limit the number and length of showers.
  • Repair or shut off all running toilets.
  • Avoid doing laundry. Use laundromats in neighboring communities if at all possible.
  • Use paper plates, cups and plastic silverware to avoid the need to wash dishes.
  • Turn off all running faucets that are being kept on to prevent pipes from freezing. Use heat tape instead. Major commercial use of the water must be avoided.


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