County Health Departments Issues “DO NOT DRINK” Water Advisory For Mayville

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MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department is asking Village of Mayville water customers to not drink their water after Perfluorononanoic Acid was detected in the pipes.

The Health Department says the advisory was made of an abundance of caution after sample results received late Wednesday for the Village of Mayville’s three water wells indicated the presence of the chemical.

Officials say water can still be used for showering, bathing, cleaning and washing dishes, however, boiling water will not remove the chemicals.

“The chemical is an emerging contaminant with only a limited amount of health data and is not monitored or regulated at the federal or state levels,” said health officials in a statement. “The developing information about potential health risks from the ingestion of the chemical have led state and local health officials to take the precaution of switching to an alternate drinking water supply.”

The Chautauqua County Health Department will host a Town Hall on Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to answer questions about the contamination.

The meeting will be streamed live on the county Health Department’s Facebook page.

Bottled and canned water will be available for pick-up at the Town of Chautauqua DPW Garage at 50 Patterson Street in Mayville as follows:

  • Thursday, December 10; 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Friday, December 11; 10:30am – 12:30pm and 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 12; 10:30am-12:30pm

Those who are unable to leave their home can call the Health Department at 716-753-4491 for water distribution.


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