MAYVILLE – Residents in Mayville are asked to conserve their water ahead of a new water well installation.
Starting Thursday and running through May 13, Mayville water customers will need to reduce water use as a permanent water pump is installed, replacing a temporary pump installed in December during the previous water contamination.
Next Tuesday the new water pump will be installed. The process will take around 10 hours, with the village relying exclusively on water from the water storage tank while the well is off.
If during the replacement process, the water in the storage tank falls below a safe level, the Village will be forced to use one of the contaminated wells to supply emergency water to the system.
If these contaminated water sources are used, a “Do Not Drink Order” will be issued.
To reduce water use and provide the time needed to replace the pump, the Chautauqua County Health Department, in cooperation with the Village of Mayville, is ordering all customers to please limit their water usage by 50 percent to reduce the draw on the storage tank from May 6 through May 13.
Village water customers can reduce water use by taking the following actions:
- Do not use any water outside of your home or business including filling swimming pools, washing cars, and watering lawns and gardens.
- Limit washing clothes during this period or use a commercially available laundromat.
- Use paper plates and disposable silverware to reduce washing dishes. Only run automatic dishwashers when completely full.
- Use less water for baths and take shorter showers.
- Do not let the water run unnecessarily such as while brushing teeth.
Once the pump replacement is completed, a “Boil Water Advisory” will be issued until passing water samples are collected from the new well. Water customers should prepare for this by filing water jugs for use during the boil water advisory.