LIMA – The County has issued a boil water advisory for the Village and part of the Town.
According to a press release from Lisa Beardsley, Senior Public Health Educator for the Livingston County Department of Health, the loss of pressure in the Village of Lima public water supply and the Town of Lima north of Rexon Street makes it inadvisable to use tapwater unless it is boiled.
“At about 6:30 a.m. on July 21, 2017 the Village of Lima water system lost pressure due to a leak in a water line, causing pressure loss in the water main,” said the Department of Health in the release. “When water mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes can enter your water.”
Those harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, the Department of Health recommends seeking medical advice.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice. Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health.
The Village of Lima Public Water Supply Staff are currently working to repair the water main. It is likely that affected residents will need to boil water until the problem is resolved.
Bacteriological tests show that you no longer need to boil your water.
For further questions, the Village of Lima is available at (585) 624-2210 and the Livingston County Department of Health is available at (585) 243-7280 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.