County: Tests show Forestville water ‘safe to drink’

FORESTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Despite its smell and the sometimes dark film it leaves behind, the water in the village of Forestville is safe to drink. That’s according to test results released Wednesday.

Residents have complained for years their water smelled of rotten eggs and left a black film behind in dish and clothes washers.

Things seemed to get worse this summer, as new wells were brought on line. That prompted officials to send water out for testing to ensure its safety.

Water experts have said previously that prior tests show approximately 20 percent of the wells in Chautauqua County contain sulfur or hydrogen sulfide, responsible for the rotten egg smell.

Wednesday, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services released those results from a state lab that tested the water from the two wells in question for 148 chemical compounds.

While the samples contained things like calcium, magnesium and even barium, all were well within safe limits, the report showed.

Only one well sample showed iron levels just above the federal limit, but still safe. All of these samples were collected from the wells before treatment and filtration – so what goes into homes in Forestville is even cleaner.

Chautauqua County has asked the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct an independent review of the Forestville wells and public water supply system.  It’ll include more testing, and another report.

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