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Feb. 3, 2006

Boil Water Order Issued for Sandy Creek - Lacona Residents

SANDY CREEK - The Oswego County Health Department issued a boil water order this afternoon, Feb. 3, for the Sandy Creek - Lacona water district. People in the villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona are advised to boil tap water at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking or food preparation.

Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Commissioner of Health Services, said the precautionary measure is because a portion of the villages' joint water system was affected by surface water Friday morning. The affected well was removed from the water line once the problem was discovered, and the water district operator has increased the chlorine treatment as a precaution.

As of Friday afternoon, no water samples had tested positive for elevated levels of bacteria. The county Health Department is working with the villages to correct the problem and testing is being done to make sure bacteria remain within allowable levels.

Residents and businesses on village water should boil tap water for at least minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Residents may also purchase bottled water as an alternative.

People with questions may call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3557 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3557.

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