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Water to be distributed over weekend

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek and volunteers distributed drinking water to Fredonia residents in light of the boil water order.

The village of Fredonia began distributing bottled water Friday to residents at the DPW building amid a boil water order issued this week.

Cars lined up along Eagle Street waiting to get their package of drinking water.

“I’m upset. We were already having water issues after all of the water main breaks in the spring so we actually haven’t been using our water in our fridge for two months,” a Johnson Street resident said. “We’re waiting for someone to come out and clean it because of all the sediment that got into our fridge because of that.”

“It’s been pretty difficult for us, we just got back,” a group of college students said who live on Central Avenue. “I mean I feel it’s just an added thing with COVID.”

“Stuff happens and I guess everyone is doing the best that they can,” a Newton resident added. “I wish they had taken care of those filters a little sooner then we wouldn’t be having this trouble.”

Volunteers took down addresses and placed water into cars as they drove through.

“We’re just making sure that we’re providing the services that are needed to the community in any way that we can,” Fire Chief Ryan Walker said. “I’m glad that we were able to procure the water here.”

Mayor Doug Essek said that it’s been challenging, but working together has been the key to dealing with this.

“The community has been very supportive, their understanding,” Essek said. “That’s what we need to have, being respectful to each other and understanding.”

Water distribution will continue at the DPW building Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

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