BOIL WATER

April 26, 2021 

JAY AND UPPER JAY WATER DISTRICT 

JAY (T), ESSEX COUNTY 

YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO BOIL ALL WATER FOR DRINKING AND CULINARY PURPOSES. THIS ORDER IS BEING ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 1107 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW. THIS ORDER IS BEING ISSUED TO EVERY KNOWN WATER USER OF THE JAY AND UPPER JAY WATER DISTRICT

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil in a clean container, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, use bottled water certified by NYSDOH, or use water from a public water system approved by NYSDOH. Boiled or bottled water certified by NYSDOH should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. 

The New York State Department of Health sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of microbiological contaminants is a health concern at certain levels of exposure. If water is inadequately treated, microbiological contaminants in that water may cause disease. Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possibly jaundice, and any associated headaches and fatigue. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water but may be caused by a number of factors other than your drinking water, The New York State Department of Health has set enforceable requirements of treating drinking water to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Treatment such as filtering and disinfecting water removes or destroys microbiological contaminants. 

A large volume of highly turbid water has entered the water system from the main well (Well #3). Well #2 is now being used and water is continuing to be disinfected with sodium hypochlorite. Turbidity in the water can reduce the efficiency of the chlorine disinfection process. Excessive turbidity levels may pose a public health hazard. 

Consumers will be notified as soon as the Boil Water Order is rescinded. The Boil Water Order shall only be lifted when finished water turbidity levels are below the NYS regulatory limits, adequate disinfection treatment is maintained, and two consecutive daily samples show no bacteriological contamination. 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH 

Kristen Sayers

BY: KRISTEN M. SAYERS 

DISTRICT DIRECTOR 

This must be posted in a prominent location until the Boil Water Order is lifted