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Fredonia to weigh actions for water

After a long week, the village of Fredonia remains under a boil water advisory heading into next week.

To address this, a couple of resolutions will be discussed by the village board on Monday.

The first resolution will address the approval of an inner-connect with the North Chautauqua County Water District; the other one of interest is the approval of the North End Water District application.

A water sample taken Sept. 9 showed high turbidity in the village water supply. Turbidity has no health effects, however, it can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. The test may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites. The level of the test was at 1.1 units, above the maximum allowable standard of 1.0.

“Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms,” the village said in an advisory. “Customers are asked to boil water before using as well as conserve water until further notice.”

“We had a hot summer with little rain,” Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek added. “This often can cause a lot of algae growth. The filters were also overdue for replacement. With COVID-19 this was pushed back.”

Water has been distributed during the emergency. More bottled water is being given away from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Monday.

“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,” one Johnson Street resident said as she waited for her share on Sept. 11. “We’re waiting for someone to come out and clean it because of all the sediment that got into our fridge because of that.”

“What can you do,” resident Maryanne Sell said Thursday. “We’re all doing the best that we can.”

The Fredonia Village Board will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m., which can be viewed by the public on the Fredonia Access channel and on YouTube via ZOOM.

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