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June 23, 2017

Oswego County Flood Victims Can Pick Up Water Test Kits at Sandy Creek Town Clerk’s Office

SANDY CREEK – Residents of flooded areas who want to have their water tested for bacteria may pick up test kits and drop off water samples at the Sandy Creek Town Clerk’s Office, 1992 Harwood Drive, beginning Monday, June 26.

The Oswego County Health Department is working with town officials to make test kits available and to pick up samples of water for lab testing. Samples will be tested for Coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria.

Samples may be dropped off between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday mornings at the town office until further notice. Due to a short holding time, samples can only be accepted between 9 and 11 a.m. on Mondays. Water samples must be collected and dropped off at the town hall on the same day.

Due to the Independence Day holiday, no samples will be accepted Monday, July 3. During that week only, samples may be dropped off at the town clerk’s office Thursday morning, July 6.

Residents should read all instructions in the sample packet, complete the blue questionnaire form, and return it with each sample.

In addition to the Town Clerk’s office, test kits are also available at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the NYS mobile command center, NYS DOT office, 5846 Scenic Ave., Mexico.

“If you recently disinfected your well, the chlorine must be flushed out of the system and the water should not smell of chlorine,” said Natalie Roy, principal public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department. “If a sample is taken while there is still chlorine present, you may receive an inaccurate reading.”

Additional information is available in the publication "Restoring and Testing Your Private Well After a Flood" at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6562.pdf.

Roy said that residents may perform an at-home test if they’re unsure about the level of chlorine in their water sample. For more information, contact the Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Drive, phone 315-387-5456 ext. 6, or e-mail sctownclerk@frontiernet.net; or the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, phone 315-349-3557, e-mail healthdept@oswegocounty.com.

The state emergency mobile command center is scheduled to be at the DOT office, Mexico, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 28. The schedule for the mobile command unit is posted at: https://www.ny.gov/lake-ontario-relief-and-recovery/mobile-command-centers-dec-permitting-offices.

A list of frequently-asked questions and informational materials regarding flood recovery in Oswego County is posted on the Oswego County website at: http://www.oswegocounty.com/legislature/flood%20assistance.html.

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