FULTON, NY – At the direction of the county health department, the city of Fulton issued a boil water advisory Saturday in response to levels of bacteria that were found in the cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s water supply. The advisory will extend at least through Tuesday.
According to Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, a low level of bacteria detected in the Sixth Ward resulted in the advisory.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt was detected in the northeast quadrant of the city,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Woodward said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Health Department wanted the boil water advisory for the entire city until it is remedied.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI have seen situations like this here before,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Woodward noted. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt happens but it doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t happen often.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Woodward pointed out that the city managed three water line breaks this past week along different points of Broadway. He said it is likely that may have contributed to the situation.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am concerned, but not terribly concerned,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Woodward said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t imagine the advisory will be in place for very long.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Woodward said that he believes the cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s flushing program will help to remedy the concern.
The Fulton Water Department launched its flushing program Oct. 5 in the southeast quadrant of the city. Flushing efforts were set to proceed in a northerly and westerly direction. Under the program, hydrants are opened in an effort to flush sediment from the cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s water lines.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAs we continue to flush the lines, it brings more chlorine into the system,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Woodward said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe added chlorination should help to treat any bacteria.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The program was slated to be complete by today.
Under the advisory, residents on the cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s water system are advised not to drink water from the tap. Rather, any tap water used for cooking, drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth or making ice should first be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it is used.
Before the health department will lift a boil water advisory, it requires two consecutive days of samples that meet water quality standards.