Village Of Mayville Sues Chautauqua County Over Water Well Contamination

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Chautauqua County is being sued by the Village of Mayville for $2.5 million dollars for contaminating water wells during fire training exercises.

As first reported by WRFA Radio, a summons was filed in Chautauqua County Supreme Court on Friday.

Village officials are seeking to recover financial losses following the 2021 contamination of wells supplying the public water-supply.

The summons claims the contamination was caused during training exercises held in the Village, when firefighters used aqueous film forming foam.

Between 2014 and 2018, the foam appeared to have leached into the water supply, resulting in high levels of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).

A weeks long do-not-drink advisory was issued in December 2020 and forced the shutdown of a water well. The village has since installed a new well on a different aquifer, correcting the issue.


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