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DUNKIRK – A boil water and water conservation orders remains in place for the City of Dunkirk and parts of the northern Chautauqua County Water District following a major water main break this week.
On Wednesday, a water emergency declaration was issued when the largest pipe that transports fresh water to residents burst overnight, causing Lake Shore Drive East near Deer Street to break apart due to gushing waters.
Crews worked throughout the day to repair the water main, which caused a water outage in many areas.
Service has now been restored to all customers, but officials until the water system is fully stabilized, residents must boil and conserve their water until further notice.
Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute then cooled prior to use.
Residential customers are also asked to continue to conserve water by limiting laundry and showers and use paper and plastic ware for eating to decrease dish washing.
Water crews from Dunkirk and CBI-North Chautauqua County Water District will be flushing water mains and collecting water samples over the next two days.
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