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March 14, 2014 - 5:34pm

Alert issued over possible manure spill in Batavia-Oakfield area

posted by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, health, environment, county health department.

There is apparently a recommendation for a small number of Genesee County residents to boil their household water because of a possible manure spill in the area of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road and Lewiston Road.

The announcement came from the NY-Alert system, not from the County Health Department.

The announcement was released just before the health department closed for the weekend, though it contained information to call the health department for further information.

The announcement says, "At this time, the extent of the contamination is unknown and we would therefore recommend that you boil tap water in your home or use bottled water for drinking and cooking. If your well water quality changes as noticed by color and/or smell, immediately stop using it for all household uses other than flushing toilets."

The first version of the announcement was a recommendation for all Genesee County residents to boil water, then a second version said the spill was in the area of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road and Lewiston Road.

Because the health department is closed, no further information is available at this time.

Mike Weaver
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I thought I recalled hearing awhile back that it wasn't legal to spread liquid manure over snow pack in Genesee County?

Am I mis-remembering?

Robert Hunt
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This is nothing new, Offhaus farms contaminated wells on State & Bank Street Roads a few years ago. Although we petitioned the Town for public water we are still living with contaminated wells. Maybe it's time to pursue legal action!

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Perhaps. thi would be a good time for the County to "step up " and bring some people in for the weekend. Aren't they supposed to be the "Health Dept." 7 days a week?????

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I am also concerned about my well as I live on 5 corners in Oakfield near Lamb farms. It is time for me to have the county to test my water sample. I do have to say Lamb farms has ALWAYS been helpful with any concerns I have had thru the years.

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