BROCTON - The Portland Town Supervisor knows his water customers are anxious to stop boiling their water in Water District 2. However, with one test result waiting to be read for chlorine and bacteria levels, he is asking them to wait one more day before resuming normal water consumption.
The customers of District 2 have been operating under a Boil Water order issued Aug. 10 due to chlorination levels being under standard. The town water department responded with their standard protocol to add chlorine to the water supply and have submitted the necessary samples to be reviewed to be able to lift the emergency.
"Two samples were required. You have to take one sample, and then wait for a 24-hour period to take the second sample. The first sample we took has returned and has passed the testing; we're just waiting on the second sample, and those results should be available to me before 12 noon on Friday," Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz said.
"I know people have been very patient, and our office has had quite a few calls this week from water customers asking when the emergency will be lifted, but unfortunately I can't officially lift the emergency until I have those results in my hand, which I anticipate will be Friday afternoon," he added.
Schrantz recommends water customers to stay abreast of the situation by checking the Chautauqua County Department of Health website, or tuning into WDOE radio stations for the quickest means of receiving an update. As soon as results are in, the town office will be contacting WDOE to broadcast an official word.
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