SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo says the latest round of tests show great improvement in the quality of the village’s drinking water.
An order to boil water could be lifted as early as Friday.
Residents were warned on Monday there could be contamination following two water main breaks in the Chautauqua County village.
Unsafe levels of coliform were detected through testing.
Close to a million gallons of water were lost. The village’s giant water tower was quickly drained, leaving its exposed walls vulnerable to bacteria.
The village delivered bottled water to those who needed it for medical reasons.
“It was amazing. You don’t realize that you use water as much during the day as you do,” said Holly Lamparelli, whose granddaughter Alexia was brushing her teeth using bottled water to rinse her mouth.
Alexia’s grandfather, John Lamparelli, said he bought bottled water for his family and his neighbor.
He described the tap water coming into his home on Monday as “dirt brown” in color. The water main break was very close to his home.
Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo said residents have been patient but adds “They’re getting a little nervous about when they’re going to be able to drink the water and use it the way they’re used to using it.”
There have been no reports of anyone getting sick since the break occurred.