New York State Department of Health (DOH) officials Wednesday issued a boil water order for the village of Saranac Lake.
The boil order was issued after a water main break occurred on Bloomingdale Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, according to DOH Public Health Engineer Susan Kennedy. Repairs were made later in the day. The cause of the break is still unclear and does not seem to be related to the water projects going on in town. It could be attributed to old lines in the village.
The order states that any water meant for consumption or culinary purposes should be brought to a boil in a clean container for one minute. People are advised to use bottled water certified by DOH or water from a public water system approved by DOH for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.
There have been no positive tests for bacteria in the water, but the boil water order is procedural to ensure public health, according to Kennedy. The boil order will be lifted after two consecutive days and two satisfactory coliform bacteria samples are collected. If tests come back negative, the order could be lifted by Saturday, Oct. 15.
The break has reduced the water level in the storage reservoir to the extent that a sufficient number of residents at higher elevations have no water or low, inadequate water pressure. Whenever water pressure is compromised there is a possibility of contamination, Kennedy said.