MAYVILLE – Village of Mayville water customers are being asked to conserve water usage until further notice due to an increased load in the single water well currently operating.
The Chautauqua County Health Department along with the Village of Mayville recommend water customers limit their usage by 50 percent to reduce the draw from the backup well which is facing low water levels.
In December 2020, Perfluorononanoic acid was found in a water sample taken from the main water well that serves the village, which forced officials to shut down the well.
Officials said the conservation order will be in effect until a treatment system is installed on the main well to filter out the contaminant, which is expected to be operational by the end of July.
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 or shaving.