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Sept. 17, 2012

Reminder to Residents: Use Certified Bulk Water Hauler

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department is reminding residents to use a certified bulk water hauler for their potable water needs.

"With the hot dry summer we have had, some people are using bulk water to supplement their wells," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "This is water intended for human consumption and transported by tank trucks. Haulers must be certified by the New York State Department of Health to sell or deliver bulk water."

All bulk water sources, storage facilities and transfer equipment are regulated in New York State. Bulk haulers are required to submit documentation to the state health department to obtain certification. The process includes an application, water quality analysis and verification that the water source, transportation vehicles and sanitation procedures meet the minimum standards. This certification is good for one year.

Huang added, "It is not good public health practice to add non-potable water to a drinking water source. We want to remind residents to ask haulers if they are certified and where the water comes from. This will help to reduce the chance of adding contaminated water to their wells."

If you would like to obtain a complete list of certified bulk water haulers in Oswego County, go to the state health department's Web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bulk_bottle/bulkwter.htm.

For more information, call the Environmental Health Division of the county health department weekdays at 349-3557 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 3557.

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