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September 22, 2018

Drinking Water Warning – Fulton Water Has High Turbidity Levels: Residents On Both Side Of The City Affected


Due to a breakdown at the K-1 well, discolored water had entered the Fulton water system on Saturday.

Because the west side is connected to the east side via two bridge pipelines, this boil water advisory also applies to that side of the river.

The well was taken off line on Saturday and will remain so until adequate repairs are made.

Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

In an effort to combat against this possibility, chlorine levels have been turned up at the Fulton Water Works.

This boil water advisory will remain in effect until at least Wednesday, May 23 when all regulatory sampling results should be received.

There was an undermining problem at the K-1 well and it was taken immediately off line after it was reported by an on-site Water Works resident.

As customer complaints came in, hydrants were opened at those locations and remained so until the water had cleared.

Chlorine levels have been elevated at the Fulton Water Works as an added precautionary measure of safety.

For more information, please contact either John Florek at 402-6074 or Dan O’Brien at 402-6125.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791 or from the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3557 or 529-6000.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW

The city routinely monitors your water for turbidity (cloudiness). This tells us whether we are effectively filtering the water supply.

Due to a breakdown at the K-1 well, discolored water has entered the Fulton water system on the east side.

The well was taken off line and will remain so until adequate repairs are made.

Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

In an effort to combat against this possibility, chlorine levels have been turned up at the Fulton Water Works.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.

These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical attention.

What happened? What is being done?

There was an undermining problem at the K-1 well and it was taken immediately off line after it was reported by an on-site Water Works resident Chlorine levels have been elevated at the Fulton Water Works as a precautionary measure of safety.

We will inform you when turbidity returns to appropriate levels and when you no longer need to boil your water.

For more information, contact either John Florek at 402-6074 or Dan O’Brien at 402-6125.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791 or from the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3557.

7 Responses “Drinking Water Warning – Fulton Water Has High Turbidity Levels: Residents On Both Side Of The City Affected”

  1. kara
    May 20, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Ok, a couple weeks ago I was diagnosed with Ecoli, and I was very sick from it. I was in the news for my 8 year old son saving my life. SO, I am pretty confident, I found the cause of my Ecoli infection. Thank You city of Fulton for causing me illness, costing me money for doctors, and ambulance, and for me almost losing my life.WOW!! I still feel sick, but, because I don’t have health insurance I don’t go back to the doctors for more medicine. Thanks!!

  2. Dave Bullard
    May 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Kara:

    It should be noted that the problem with the city drinking water well did not happen until Saturday, while the problem you report goes back a couple of weeks.

    And the problem is not an increase in E.coli. It’s an increase in what they call “turbidity” — plainly, it means that the collapse of the well churned up dirt, which is making the water cloudy.

    No E.coli problem has been reported in city of Fulton drinking water as yet.

  3. frank vescio
    May 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    john is the very best at what he does . he closely test the water and at the signe of trouble he take action e-colic can be cause in more way that drinking water the person who complain sould realize that what you eat can cause it too. i know from first hand experience that our water supply is in the very best hand

  4. Debbie
    May 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Kara (and everyone else), there has been recent news coverage on a national level that you should not handle raw meat prior to cooking due to bacteria. Your e-coli may have come from other sources besides the water, although it would be hard to track down from where. IF you allowed your salad or uncooked foods to cross-contaminate with meats you purchased, including in environmentally conscious bags that have not been washed or disinfected prior to repeat use, you might have gotten it there. OR, if you handled raw meat or meat cutting tools.

    Just two cents.

  5. jay terry
    May 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I like how the editor of the paper takes on the job of water expert as well as his job as defender in chief of the cronies that run this city. How does he know how long this well has been deteriorating to get to this condition? Now the city has the distinction of being the city with the dirtest water in state, along with the highest property taxes in the state. No fear taxpayers the EPA will be in here looking over their shoulders because drinking water standards are highly regulated by the federal government. You can expect heavy fines which should be deducted from the Mayor’s and his administration salaries!

  6. Bill Law
    May 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Fulton is the poorest dirt hole in this country

  7. Dave Bullard
    May 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Not at all, Jay – just pointing out a fact that might help someone.

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