The Onondaga County Health Department has been notified that a small cluster of private wells on Amber Road in Marietta is contaminated with bacteria. Although private wells are not regulated, the Onondaga County Health Department is working closely with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District to investigate and contain the potential source of the contamination and to provide guidance to residents who may be affected. The Onondaga County Health Department is presently conducting water sampling to assess the extent of the issue. Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow, Commissioner of Health, reassured explaining, “At this point there is no reason to believe that residents beyond the initial cluster will be affected. However, we think it is critical that the public is informed about this situation and provided education and guidance.” Dr. Morrow further explained that as a precaution the Health Department delivered a boil water advisory yesterday to each home within a half mile of the confirmed sample locations.
No further information is currently available. However, the Health Department will continue to keep the public informed as information becomes available.