Boil water advisory continues in Ilion

by Donna Thompson, originally posted on June 10, 2016


ILION — The boil water advisory in the village of Ilion continues as technicians are again at work making repairs to the ultra-violet system at the Ilion water treatment plant, according to Mayor Terry Leonard.

Village officials had hoped to lift the advisory sometime Friday after repairs were made Wednesday. Water samples were taken at that time and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

“The equipment was repaired Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Thursday at 4 a.m. it went down again,” said Leonard. “A technician from Maryland is on his way and a specialist from the company was traveling from Singapore to Israel to collect parts and is then coming to the U.S. Everyone is working frantically to fix this.”

The village had the ultra-violet system installed last year to meet surface water requirements.

The company that sold the village the equipment, Atlantium Technologies of Israel, was fabricating electronic parts to make repairs, said Leonard.

“A lot of high powered people are working on this,” he said.

In addition to getting the flow of water going again, technicians are working to get to the root of the problem, he said.

“Company representatives will be coming in July to meet with us and look at the site and make sure we have a permanently running operation,” said Leonard.

If technicians can get the system up and running this weekend, it would still be at least Monday or Tuesday before water samples would be back and the boil water advisory lifted and it could continue until the middle of next week, he said.

“It’s frustrating,” said Leonard.

Leonard received word of the initial malfunction Monday afternoon. The village contacted the state Department of Health and was directed to issue a boil water advisory.


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