The Chautauqua County Health Department is asking all customers of the Village of Sinclairville water supply to conserve water and boil all water for drinking and cooking.
On Tuesday a major leak developed in one of the water mains feeding the village causing a drop in pressure and partial loss of water in the Village's water system. When the distribution pipes and mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the system.
Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all 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 bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The village is working to repair the water main break. Residents will be informed when the leak has been fixed and tests confirm that no harmful bacteria are in the system and you no longer need to boil your water. It is anticipated that the leaks will be repaired within 24 hours but it will take more time for the water system to be restored.
For more information, contact Mayor Kenneth France of the village of Sinclairville at 962-9455 or the Chautauqua County Health Department at 1-866-604-6789.