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Stakeholders partner to reduce impact, duration of Chautauqua County water emergency

Cooperation provided by multiple municipalities, agencies and community residents during a recent water emergency in Brocton and Portland helped reduce the impact and duration of the crisis, according to Chautauqua County Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler.

Among those providing assistance were the Village of Fredonia, Jamestown, Dunkirk and Pomfret.

Noted as being of assistance were the New York Rural Water Association, Clark Patterson Lee Engineering and area fire departments.

The county's health department on Sunday lifted a boil water order and mandatory water use restrictions imposed on water customers last week in Brocton and Portland. It was eventually determined that a water leak had led to a lowering of water pressure.

The problem was fixed Friday. Water samples collected Friday and Saturday showed the water was safe to drink and that water levels in the North Chautauqua County Water District's water storage tank were back to normal, county officials said.

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