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Forestville drinking water declared safe

MAYVILLE  – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that Forestville’s drinking water supply is safe. 

Residents of the village have been complaining about the odor and taste of the water for several weeks.  The village changed its supply from springs to a well system in 2014.  The new wells and new lines were put into use in late summer of 2014

The state Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratory  collected samples taken by CCDHHS staff directly from each of the Village’s two wells before any treatment on May 5.  The samples were tested for 148 chemical compounds including petroleum byproducts, herbicides, pesticides, inorganic contaminants and metals, and bacteria.  The results indicate that the water is safe to drink.

 The CCDHHS has requested that the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conduct an independent and comprehensive review of the Forestville wells and public water supply system.  This will include the NYSDOH collecting additional water samples from Forestville’s two wells.