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Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services
Chautauqua County Health Department is reminding Village of Mayville water customers that a mandatory water conservation order continues to be in effect until further notice. This order is needed to ease the burden on Well #4, which is the only well currently in use.
Due to increased water usage and low water levels in Well #4, the Chautauqua County Health Department, in cooperation with the Village of Mayville, is ordering all customers to please limit their water usage by 50% to reduce the draw on the well until further notice. This water conservation order, which was issued on Wednesday, June 2, will be in effect until a treatment system is installed on Well #1 to filter out perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), the contaminant that forced the village to shut down the well in December 2020. The treatment system is currently under construction and is expected to be operational by the end of July.
Village water customers can reduce water use by taking the following actions:
- Do not use any water outside of your home or business including filling swimming pools, washing cars, and watering lawns and gardens.
- Limit washing clothes during this period or use a commercially available laundromat.
- Use paper plates and disposable silverware to reduce washing dishes. Only run automatic dishwashers when completely full.
- Use less water for baths and take shorter showers.
- Do not let the water run unnecessarily such as while brushing teeth or shaving.
Village water customers can get weekly updates on the water conservation order and construction of the new treatment system by visiting https://www.villageofmayville.com/. Any questions about this can be directed to the Village of Mayville Public Works Superintendent at (716) 269-4801, or the County Health Department at (716) 753-4481.