VICTOR, N.Y. (WROC) —
Update on August 23: The boil water advisory in Victor has been lifted.
A boil water notice has been issued for the Village of Victor and for some streets in the Town of Victor after E. coli bacteria was found in the water system.
The bacteria was found in water in the village. The town didn’t have any contamination, but the pipes are all connected. That’s why town residents are being asked to boil as well.
Jon McConnell is the chief operator of water and sewer for the Village of Victor. He said the village gets their water tested through an outside lab. A test came back positive on August 15. The advisory about the bacteria went out to people on August 20. The question some are asking: why didn’t people find out about it until five days later? McConnell said they’re investigating the delay.
Chris LaManna works at the Monroe County Water Authority. He said in the meantime, be extra careful.
“To be really cautious about everything you probably don’t wanna use anything that you’re gonna ingest or that you’re gonna come in contact with, for example, a dishwasher,” said LaManna.
Some restaurant owners said they’re not taking any chances and were closed today. Others, such as El Basha Mediterranean, are staying open.
Erika Barros is the manager and she said they boil water for everything they cook anyway.
“It might affect us a little bit because people might be concerned about putting something in their mouth that might make them sick so we are cautious about it, we are aware of the situation, and we are taking all the precautions necessary,” said Barros.
It’s not only restaurants dealing with this advisory. If you’re living in the town or the village of Victor, you should be boiling any water you’re using as well. Water should be brought to a rolling boil and allowed to boil for one minute to ensure any bacteria are destroyed. The New York State Health Department explains more specifics about what to do here.
E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and more. The bacteria can pose a significant health risk for infants, some members of the elderly population and those with compromised immune systems.
The water authority tells us the advisory can’t be lifted until tests come back clear for two days. The earliest it could be lifted is Friday afternoon, August 23. Residents in the Village of Victor will be notified when tests show they no longer need to boil drinking water.
A full list of the streets that are impacted by the boil water notice can be found here.