FREDONIA – Residents in Fredonia may notice taste, odor and discoloration with their water Friday.
The Chautauqua County Health Department Environmental Health Unit is working with village officials to determine the cause, however say the water is safe to use for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Flushing is now underway in Fredonia and Town of Pomfret, which will result in discolored water. As the flushing continues, officials say increased bacteriological monitoring will take place.
An initial investigation found that the issue like started after the village purchased or sold water with the City of Dunkirk through an interconnection between the two municipalities.
Water demand has increased significantly due to the increase of SUNY Fredonia’s population, officials say.
Furthermore, water temperature in the reservoir has increased, which can lead to an increase in microbial growth.
Finally, a major multi-million dollar capital project is underway at the water plant, and there is currently only a portion of the water plant in operation. Results of a recent inspection by the Health Department show that the water plant is, and has been, treating the water to comply with NYSDOH treatment standards.
It is anticipated that the majority of the capital project will be completed later this week or early next week, and the Health Department expects the water quality throughout the Village to continuously improve.