The Onondaga County Health Department has lifted the Boil Water Order for the residents and businesses that remained under the Boil Water Order that was issued on Friday, September 18. The order was lifted for a portion of the District on Friday, September 25. Two consecutive follow-up tests have since confirmed no presence of coliform, so all of those served by the Town of DeWitt Water Department can now safely drink their tap water.
Although the water is safe to drink, residents are advised to take steps before drinking any water, including flushing their water by running all of their taps on full for at least five minutes, replacing water filters, and flushing appliances with direct water connections or water tanks (such as automatic ice makers) with enough water to completely replace all the water in the lines or tanks.
The affected residents are being notified by phone through the 911 emergency notification system. Landlines are already included in the emergency notification system, and all Onondaga County residents are encouraged to register at www.ongov.net/911/notification.html in order to receive community alerts by wireless phones, text messages, and/or TTY.
The Town of DeWitt is one of the few municipalities in Onondaga County that maintains and monitors its own public water systems independent of the Onondaga County Water Authority. For more information visit www.ongov.net/health/env/boilwater.html or call the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at 315.435.6600.