Boil water advisory remains in effect in Mechanicville, but relief in sight
Boil water advisory remains in effect in Mechanicville, but relief in sight.
Boil water advisory remains in effect in Mechanicville, but relief in sight (WRGB) MECHANICVILLE, NY (WRGB)–People in Mechanicville have spent the last 13 days boiling their water, but relief could be on the way.
The NYS Department of Health says right now they are in the process of lifting the boil water advisory, which means two more consecutive days of bacteria testing – today being day one.
The boil water advisory was issued by DOH back on August 2nd when levels of turbidity were deemed too high.
DOH spokesman Gary Holmes says the turbidity, or cloudiness, was caused mainly by the weather we’ve had this summer.
He says the heavy rains caused sediment to come loose in the reservoir that feeds the water supply.
He says the treatment system provides a disinfectant process, and high levels of turbidity *could interfere with that.
Still, Holmes says he’s expecting negative results from the bacteria testing today and tomorrow and the boil water advisory should be lifted Thursday.
So, it speaks to the fact that the treatment facility was working effectively as a disinfectant and then the boil water was a necessary precaution on top of that, but just that, a precaution," he said.
We also spoke with the Mayor who says he is now working with DOH and city engineers to make sure this issue of high turbidity never happens again.