You don’t have to boil your water anymore.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced on the county website that the boil water notice has officially been lifted, two and half days after a water main broke in Amherst prompting a boil water notice for nearly a quarter million Erie County residents.
“Water samples collected from the affected areas were analyzed and determined to be negative for bacteria indicating that the water was not contaminated during the recent water main break. Customers may resume using their water as they normally would,” he said.
A second round of water tests came back negative for bacterial water growth, the Erie County Water Authority announced just before 11 a.m. Saturday.
The boil water notice affected residents of the towns of Amherst, Clarence, Lancaster, Newstead, the Villages of Depew, Lancaster, Williamsville and northern sections of the Town of Cheektowaga. Parts of western Genesee County were also under the boil water notice.
“Both tests were comprised of samples collected from 21 locations in the areas effect by Wednesday’s outage,” said Earl Jann, Erie County Water Authority Chairman.
Tap water has been deemed safe to drink and use, Water Authority officials said, but if people haven’t been using their water at all during the boil water notice – for things like running the dishwasher or washing machine – they should run their faucets for 10 to 15 minutes.
Also, as a precaution, anyone with an automatic ice maker should consider throwing out their ice, Water Authority officials advised customers.