Water Main Ruptures

FREWSBURG – Residents of Frewsburg and the town of Carroll are being asked to exercise caution and conservation while using water.

According to Dan Sisson, Frewsburg Water Department water supervisor, a 6-inch water main was damaged on Thursday afternoon after crews attempted to isolate a service leak. The main break occurred across the street from The Rio.

Although Sisson was confident that the main would be repaired by the end of Thursday, he said a boil water order must remain in place until testing can be completed to ensure the quality of the water.

“Anytime (we) shut down water to more than four houses, it is required that (we) contact the county Health Department for its recommendation,” said Sisson. “Because of the nature of the break, the Health Department has ordered the village of Frewsburg and the town of Carroll to conserve as much water as possible, and to boil all water which is intended for human consumption. It is likely that the boil order will be removed sometime next week.”

Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services director, has offered the following suggestions for the town of Carroll:

Do not fill pools, water lawns or gardens, or wash cars;

Limit the number and length of showers;

Repair or shut off all running toilets;

Avoid doing laundry, use laundromats in neighboring communities if at all possible;

Use paper plates, cups and plastic silverware to avoid the need to wash dishes.

Residents of the area can keep up to date on the status of the boil order by visiting nyalert.gov and selecting Chautauqua County in the jurisdiction column. Additionally, residents can contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health division at 753-4481 or 661-7481.