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Water in Fredonia is safe to consume, State of Emergency does not mean continue to boil

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 19:24:59-04

VILLAGE OF FREDONIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mayor Douglas Essek has extended the State of Emergency in the Village of Fredonia over the area's water conditions. This does not mean residents need to continue to boil water. The boil water advisory ended September 30th.

"So if it's not fixed then why am I still drinking it? Why am I still using it to cook food?" Jordan Purvis, a resident assistant at SUNY Fredonia.

Mayor Essek said the continued State of Emergency is causing some confusion.

"Our water is completely safe to drink and use. People were very concerned about that. We need to make sure they have the correct information," Essek said.

The State of Emergency is still in effect for two reasons: it's recommended by the Chautauqua County Department of Public Health and it will help pay for current infrastructure projects in addition to speeding them along.

"We started working on replacing water filters that were 17 years old. They were way overdue. They were many years overdue," Essek said, "That project there... to fund those and some other things around the plant that needed to be done that were critical to be included in these projects."

The mayor said he'll be providing daily updates on the water conditions on the village's website.