The water advisory in the village of Fredonia as a result of problems with the sewer lines has officially ended, which means residents can resume regular water use now.
The New York Alert System sent out a message around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning stating the expiration of the water use restriction. The restriction, which asked residents to limit the amount of water pouring down drains and toilets inside their homes, was put in place Saturday evening during the torrential downpours that resulted in minor flooding across the area.
Mayor Stephen Keefe, in a phone interview Monday afternoon, said the blockage in the sewer system is now gone.
"Everything's been pretty much cleaned up. We went down to University Place and the houses are being cleaned out now and that's where a lot of the damage was done from the flow of water," he said. "During the water restriction, we were trying to reduce the amount of water going through the septic lines."
Keefe added village crews are starting work on the infiltration and inflow into the sewer lines to find out ways of solving some of the problems brought to the forefront as the result of the recent heavy rains and melting snow.
"This is something that's a year-round situation," he said. "Every drop of water that goes through our wastewater treatment plant's septic lines gets treated at a cost. If we can reduce that water that goes through that system, it saves the village money, and it saves the taxpayers and water payers money."
In order to prevent similar problems in the future, residents should not position their downspouts in a way that causes water to run right into the village septic system. Sump pumps also should not direct water into the septic lines. Residents should also ensure the cleanout lines along the sides of village streets have caps on them.
"These three issues would be easy fixes to prevent this problem in the future," Keefe said. "If we can address those issues immediately, and then we'll start working on any other issues that we can identify, I think we can make a major difference."
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