Bacteria, E. coli found in 15 water wells

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some residents in Genesee County need to continue boiling their water until it is confirmed safe to drink. The Genesee County Health Department has tested 31 private drinking water wells, and 15 were confirmed to have bacteria and E. coli.

Residents who have water that is confirmed positive have been notified. Residents near Batavia- Oakfield Townline Road, east of Route 63 and Lewiston Road south of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, are urged to take precautions until their water is determined to be safe.

The health department says they organisms can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Residents in the area who are experiencing these symptoms should contact their medical provider, according to the health department.

Area residents are encouraged to watch for and report any signs of potential contamination in their water supply.

Instructions to follow:

– Boil (rolling boil for one minute) tap water or use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

– If well water quality changes as noticed by color and/or smell, immediately stop using it for all household uses other than flushing toilets.

– Additional information about a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) and how to stay safe during one.

– Additional information on coliform bacteria. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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