Health Alert: Nyack Water Customers Told To Boil Water Before Using by William Demarest, Update by Village of Nyack, NY

William DemarestCustomers of Nyack’s Water Department are being cautioned to boil their water before using it for drinking or cooking, possibly for the next three to five days, because of levels of bacteria that exceed health standards, according to a notice by the village.

Water department crews, in response to the problem, are raising chlorine levels in the water at the Nyack treatment plant in West Nyack and they are flushing sections of the water system. About 15,000 customers–in Nyack, South Nyack, Central Nyack and the Palisades Center in West Nyack–are affected.

The boil water alert went out after a notice from the Rockland County Health Department today cited the Nyack Water Department for coliform bacteria found through routine tests of the water.

The water department recommends customers bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using. Or, use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health. The department says boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food.

The alert also comes with an order from the Health Department for all restaurants served by the Nyack Water Department to comply with restrictions to safeguard the public. Measures mandated by the Health Department include:

– Turning off water fountains

– Turning off and cleaning ice machines, with only bagged ice to be used

– Bottled water must be used for food cleaning and preparation

– Beverage machines connected directly to the water supply must be turned off

– A notice must advise customers the tap water must not be consumed

Coliform bacteria, according to health officials, are naturally present in the environment and are an indicator that potentially harmful microbes may be present. Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water, according to health officials.

The boil water advisory suggests that if you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

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About coliform bacteria on Water Alert Update – 6/23 by Village of Nyack’s Website

June 23, 2011 – 7am

Here is the latest information on the Boil Water Alert within the Nyack Water District. All customers, including residents and businesses, within the Nyack Water District remain on a boil water alert. Water samples were taken from all six sampling sites (see below) in the Nyack Water District. On Monday, two of the samples were found to have the presence of the coliform bacteria, which resulted in the boil water alert. The Nyack Water Department is flushing its system and adding higher levels of chlorine to the water.

Follow up samples taken on Tuesday were sent to an independent lab facility and returned negative for the coliform bacteria. Results from samples taken yesterday should be available late afternoon/early evening today.

Updates will be posted on this site when available, likely in the late afternoon or early evening.The Water Department will also be giving a special report to the Board as the first item of business at tonight’s meeting of the Nyack Village Board, to be held at Village Hall starting at 7:30.

The boil water alert thus remains in effect until further notice.

The six sample sites are:

Westgate – Nyack South Nyack Village Hall Nyack Village Hall Nyack College Nyack Hospital Mobil Station on Rte 303 in West Nyack

For further information consult the Village of Nyack’s website or the Nyack Water Department at 845-358-3734.

See also:

Boil Water Alert – Residents Boil Water Alert – Restaurants

by William Demarest- Update: Village of Nyack, NY
Before becoming New City Patch editor, William "Bill" Demarest was a journalist for Gannett Co. for 26 years, serving as a reporter and editor for The Journal News in Rockland County, N.Y., for 18 years and then as Assistant Managing Editor of the Daily Record and in Morris County, N.J. Bill has been a Rockland County, N.Y., resident for more than 20 years and lives in Nyack with his wife, Lisa, and children Sam and Sarah. He has long been active as a volunteer in the community, having served as a coach and official with Nyack-Valley Cottage Little League and as a volunteer parent in the Nyack Public Schools - supporting school stage productions at Nyack Middle School and Nyack High School. An avid baseball fan, Bill is a lifelong supporter of the New York Mets and he serves as an umpire for youth baseball and softball games in Rockland County.