On September 15, 2023, one out of two drinking water samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria in the Village of Afton.

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This finding is considered a violation of drinking water standards and a potential public health hazard by the New York State Department of Health.

The presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria in the water indicates possible contamination with human or animal waste, according to the Chenango County Health Department.

Harmful microbes, including E. coli, found in these wastes can lead to symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, and more. It's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by factors unrelated to drinking water.

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If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, it is advised that you seek medical advice. Infants, certain elderly individuals, and people with weakened immune systems may be at a higher risk for health complications.

According to the Chenango County Health Department, the source of the contamination is currently under investigation. Additional water samples are being collected for testing. Once the test results indicate that there is no presence of bacteria, Village of Afton residents will be notified, and the need to boil water will be lifted.

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To ensure your safety, it is advised that you either bring tap water to a rolling boil and let it boil for one minute and then, allow it to cool before using or, use bottled water that is certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health. The usage of boiled or bottled water is recommended for the following activities: drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food.

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