All Village of Westfield water customers are advised to bring their water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and then 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, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills any bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Heavy rains on Tuesday, May 20 caused turbidity levels in the villages reservoir to rise to levels such that the filter plant could not adequately treat. When that happened, the filter plant was turned off and water in storage tanks was replied upon. Water samples collected Friday at the filter plant showed turbidity levels above Public Health standards. Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
Until turbidity in the reservoir goes down to levels that the filter plant can treat effectively, all customers must boil any water used for cooking and drinking. Once turbidity is under control, the water mains will need to be flushed and water samples collected to make sure the water is safe to drink. As a precaution, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has issued this boil water order until further notice.
Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, 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.
This boil water order is expected to continue until sometime next week. For more information, please contact the Westfield Village Hall at 326-3211 or the Chautauqua County DHHS, Public Health at 753-4481.
The Health Departments asks residents to share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly such as 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.