Sinclairville residents warned to boil water following major leak

SINCLAIRVILLE, N.Y (WIVB) — Residents of the Chautauqua County village of Sinclairville have been asked to boil and conserve any water they use for drinking or cooking until further notice.

The warning follows a major leak that happened on Monday.

The leak developed in one of the village’s water mains, resulting in a drop in pressure and partial loss of water in the village’s system. The low pressure in the mains and pipes heightens the risk of harmful microbes and untreated water contaminating the village’s water supply.

Officials say no one should drink the village’s water without boiling it first and letting it cool. Boiling the water kills microbes and other bacteria.

Bottled water is also an option for those wishing to perform daily tasks without boiling village water.

As of Monday morning, crews were working to re-pressurize the water system.

Further information can be found be calling Sinclairville Mayor Tami Berg at 962-9455, or the Chautauqua County Health Department at 1-866-604-6789. 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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