The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services issued a boil water order on Wednesday for all water customers in the Village of Brocton and the City of Portland who reside west of the State Park of Lake Erie.
All water used for drinking and cooking should first be boiled or bottled water should be used.
Health officials predict that the boil water order will remain in effect at least until Saturday.
Water for drinking, cooking, making ice cream, brushing teeth and making coffee should be brought to a boil for one minute and then cooled before use. “Do not drink water without boiling it first or use bottled water” the health ministry said.
Water pressure in several areas of Brocton and Portland is low due to a main water leak that occurred Wednesday morning, and the health department predicts some customers will not have service. ‘water. Water District staff located the source of the leak and were in the process of resolving the issue.
“All water customers must boil their water until further notice”, the county health department said in a press release. “When distribution pipes and lines lose pressure, it increases the risk of untreated water and harmful microbes entering the system.
“Boiling water kills bacteria and other germs that might be present. Once the leak is repaired, Water District staff will flush the system and take water samples to make sure the water is safe. You will be notified when tests confirm that no harmful bacteria are present in the system and that you no longer need to boil your water.
For more information, please contact the Village of Brocton at 792-4160, the City of Portland at 792-9614 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4481. You can also check the county website for updates at https://chqgov.com/