Manure causes E.coli contamination in several drinking wells

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Genesee County Health Department has confirmed that several water samples taken from wells in Oakfield show they are contaminated with E.coli and coliform bacteria.

Officials say a farmer was spreading manure when it was not permitted and that led to the contamination in the area near Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, east of Rtoue 63, and Lewiston Road, south of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road

Though homeowners whose wells are contaminated have been notified, the health department says the extent of the contamination is not known and may have affected as many as 26 homes. E.coli and coliform bacteria cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other symptoms and pose a health risk for infants and those with compromised immune systems.

Homeowner Marcia Calarco said, “We got the results yesterday that it was positive. My husband and I took the stand that we’ll wait a few days to see if this rain supposedly helps to flush stuff out, and if not, they said they’d do whatever needed to be done to correct the problem. So they’ve been really, really helpful.”

Residents are advised to continue to boil their water or use bottled water for drinking and cooking. If you live in the area and would like your water tested, call 585-344-2580 ext. 5525.

The state DEC would not comment on if the farmer will face any charges. But they said their investigation continues.

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