Order Rescinded October 9, 2022, 10:25 AM NO RESTRICTIONS
The Boil Water has been rescinded and all users system-wide may return to normal usage and consumption of water from the Village System. If you experience any issues please report to the Street and Water Commissioner at 518.853.4335 ext 25 or email the Commissioner at email@example.com – if contact with the commissioner is an emergency please call the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center: 518.853.5500.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we completed these necessary precautions.
Boil Water Issued
Due to a water main break on NY Route 5 in the Village of Fonda, the Water Commissioner has issued a boil water order as a precaution.
During the main water repair, you had your drinking water kept safe as we bypassed the damaged line and utilized the treated water stored in our water tower for users east of the water break. Users west of the break who experienced no water flow were wholly shut off from the water systems while repairs were made. Users closest to our filtration plant were safe to use the drinking water and likely did not experience any reduction in water flow.
Now that the repair is completed, we will open the main water line from the filtration plant to users in the Hickory Hill area and all users east of Cayadutta Creek. Because pressurization of the line was lost, it is with the great precaution that we issue a boil water order until we have sufficiently tested the water and determined it is safe.
Laundry and Dish Washing
The water is safe for washing dishes, but you should use hot, soapy water (you may add one tablespoon of bleach per gallon as a precaution) and rinse dishes in boiled water. There are no restrictions on doing laundry, but we advise you to verify that the water in your home or business is clear from any dirt particles and not discolored brown, as this could cause discoloring of your clothing.
When Will the Water be Safe for Normal Usage?
The Water Commissioner will test the water twice, twenty-four hours apart, for safe usage. These results are reported to the New York State Health Department, and once we have two consecutive tests return clear, we will reverse the boil water order.
Food Serving Establishments and School District
All food establishments within the Village have been notified of the water situation and are told to take precautions in any water used to serve food or beverages.
The Superintendent of Schools has been notified and will react accordingly for the safety of all school occupants and, of course, our children.
Running of Water
It is helpful that users allow their water to run as much as needed. This assists us in clearing the lines of any remaining soil.
Precautionary Boil Water Notices
The New York Department of Health requires a precautionary boil water notice when the normal operation of the public water system is interrupted. These interruptions are usually due to a decrease in pressure from a water main break, system maintenance, or problems at the water plant, such as a loss of disinfection.
A precautionary notice doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with the water. It is simply that there is a possibility that contaminants may have entered the system. Thus, customers are advised as a precautionary measure to boil tap water for cooking and drinking until water quality testing confirms that the water is safe for regular use.