Voluntary water restrictions in southern Erie County lifted

People are asked to use their water to a limit in the areas within the reddish brown line.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in much of the southtowns who rely on the Erie County Water Authority are no longer being asked to limit their water use.

A break happened at the Authority’s Sturgeon Point Treatment Plant. This has lead to lower water pressure, but no water quality issues that would require boiling water.

The restrictions were lifted at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14.

The request from the ECWA covered customers in the towns and villages of Hamburg and Orchard Park, Town of Aurora, Village of East Aurora, Towns of Colden, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Hanover and the Villages of Angola, Farnham, Silver Creek, and the Seneca Territory within Erie County.

“The Authority wants to thank their customers for voluntarily limiting their water use during this project – the most difficult repair in the 68-year history of the ECWA,” the ECWA wrote.

The restrictions did not impact the opening of the Erie County Fair, the county’s Agricultural Society said on Tuesday.

The ECWA says that “unforeseen complications” during repairs prolonged the restrictions.

“Our first priority is always to ensure a stable source of drinking water for the public,” ECWA Chairman Robert Anderson said. “During this repair, we continue to maintain normal water pressure and our customers have yet to report any interruptions to their service.”

Old infrastructure is not to blame, the ECWA says, as the pipe is between 20 and 25 years old.

“While this is a temporary fix, it will hold much longer than it will take for ECWA to permanently repair the leak from outside the pipe,” the ECWA said.

People are asked to use their water to a limit in the areas within the reddish brown line.


Here are photos and videos of repair efforts at the Sturgeon Point Treatment Plant:

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