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Feb. 6, 2006

Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect

SANDY CREEK - The boil water order remains in effect in the villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona, Oswego County Health Commissioner Kathleen Smith said today.

The village water operator and county Health Department staff collected water samples today and samples will be collected again on Tuesday.

"We need two consecutive days of samples by the village and a surveillance by our staff to be coliform negative and E. coli negative before releasing the boil water order," said Smith. "The tests take from 24 to 48 hours to be completed. Residents should plan on boiling their water for at least a few more days."

The testing is being done because a portion of the joint water system was affected by surface water last Friday. The affected well was removed from the water line and chlorine treatment was increased as a precaution.

Residents and businesses in the villages of Sandy Creek and Lacona should boil tap water at least one minute at a rolling boil before using it for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, making ice, or food preparation. Residents may purchase bottled water as an alternative.

People with questions may call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3557 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3557. After 4 p.m., call the Health Department's answering service at 341-0086.

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