(WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), diligently oversees various public water systems to prevent illness and ensure water safety.
Mayville N.Y. -The Chautauqua County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division is dedicated to preventing illness and disease by actively protecting local water supplies and promoting the implementation of healthy water systems. Operating locally on behalf of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the CCHD oversees a diverse range of public water supplies, encompassing large municipal systems, medium-sized systems for mobile home parks, and smaller systems serving establishments such as restaurants.
Regular guidance and updates are provided to all water systems by the CCHD, ensuring compliance with existing regulations and sampling requirements. The inspection and evaluation of water systems are conducted routinely by CCHD staff, with additional oversight from NYSDOH and USEPA representatives as needed, either in response to specific concerns or as part of routine auditing.
“Safe drinking water is something many people take for granted. Our County Health Department staff work hard to make sure that water supply system operators understand how systems must be maintained and monitored,” states Jessica Wuerstle, Director of Environmental Health.
Under the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act amendment of 1996, community water systems with more than 15 service connections are required to furnish an annual Consumer Confidence Report (referred to by NYSDOH as an Annual Water Quality Report) to their customers. These reports detail the water source, contaminants tested for, contaminants found (if any), potential sources of contaminants, associated health risks, and confirmation of all necessary testing.
Water suppliers must distribute the previous year’s report to each bill-paying customer annually, often through community websites. These reports serve not only to inform customers about the quality of their drinking water but also to raise awareness about the regulatory processes and community involvement in protecting water sources.
Wuerstle adds, “Your drinking water quality should not be a mystery, if you receive water from a community system, we encourage you to review the Annual Water Quality Report.”
Residents are encouraged to engage with their water suppliers to access Annual Water Quality Reports, gaining insights into how their community water supply is managed and maintained. For additional information on public drinking water, the CCHD’s website, chqgov.com/environmental-health/public-drinking-water, provides valuable resources.