DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The boil water order for the Town of DeWitt has been lifted for all residents as of Saturday, September 26 at 5 p.m.
The NewsChannel 9 newsroom received a phone call from the Onondaga County 911 dispatch saying that the Onondaga County Health Department has lifted the boil water advisory for the town of DeWitt at approximately 5 p.m.
The health department advises that residents run their water for about five minutes before use. People should also replace water filters and flush appliances with direct water connections or water tanks, like automatic ice makers, with enough water to completely replace all water in the lines or tanks.
Click here for a checklist of tasks to complete before using your water again.
The advisory was initially issued on Friday, September 18 and the town supervisor said it was caused by low water use.
“Unusual circumstances came together to create this water issue,” commented Town of DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko, “Hot summer temperatures and low occupancy in our town office buildings due to the COVID-19 virus created a situation in which warm water was stagnant inside the pipes of these office building for long periods of time. So, over time the natural levels of chlorine residual in the water dissipated, and coliforms – bacteria – became a possible problem.”
Two successive tests have confirmed no presence of coliforms, and the recommended levels of chlorine in the water for the Town of DeWitt, along with no presence of bacteria. The Onondaga County has also approved the lab’s test results.
Construction on three new chlorine injection systems is complete and the town will continue collecting water samples on an ongoing basis.
Businesses affected by DeWitt Boil Water Advisory:
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