August 17, 2013

Plattsburgh boil-water order lifted


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The boil-water order put in place on Thursday in the Town of Plattsburgh has been lifted. 

It was ordered after water samples submitted on Tuesday by the town tested positive for total coliform bacteria, with one of those showing positive results for E.coli. 

Many water customers in the town, with the exception of Woods Mills, Salmon River Road and Cadyville, were affected by the order. It was also in place for those outside the town that receive their water from the town system, including southeast Beekmantown and the Schuyler Falls portion of the hamlet of Morrisonville.  

Water samples taken Thursday produced results that merited lifting the order.

“The followup water samples were taken from each site of the original sources that tested positive, as well as randomly throughout the distribution system,” a press release from the Clinton County Health Department said.

The town and Health Department would continue monitoring the water to ensure its safety, the statement said.

“The greatest impact felt by this situation, in addition to the local residents who receive their water from the Town of Plattsburgh water system, was the significant number of food service (businesses) and motels along the Route 3 corridor,” the release said. 

“In addition to the use of local media to notify them, Health Department staff contacted each facility by phone Thursday afternoon.” 

The department also gave many places a French translation of the boil-water notice for posting with the English copies.  More than 100 facilities were affected, the release said.

E. coli bacteria indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste; E. coli microbes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms and are a special health risk for infants, young children, some elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems, the release said. 

“If you are experiencing any symptoms described, please contact your personal health-care provider.”

For more information, contact the Clinton County Health Department at 565-4870 or 565-4840 or go to