The New York State Health Department is recommending Mayville residents not use the water there for drinking, cooking, food preparation, tooth brushing or animal consumption until further notice. Officials said toxic levels of the chemical PFNA were found in the town's three wells late Thursday.
The state said boiling water will not remove these chemicals. It is investigating the source of the contamination, but that could take months. Until then, Mayville's water can be used for showering, bathing, cleaning and washing dishes.
A statement from the Chautauqua County Health Department said mitigation measures include bringing a recently drilled fourth well into service.
"This new well is located in a different location than the three existing wells impacted by PFNA and as such, these chemicals have not been detected inits ground water source. The fourth well is being evaluated to determine if it has the capability to meet the Village’s water needs," it said.
Bottled and canned water will be available for pick-up at the Department of Public Works Garage, located at 50 Patterson St. in Mayville, on Thursday 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., as well as Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
At Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direction, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services deployed 10 pallets of water from the Hamburg stockpile to support Mayville residents. Each pallet contains 2,400 12-ounce cans of water.
Anyone in isolation for COVID-1is advised to call the Chautauqua County Health Department at 716-753-4491 to have water brought to them.