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Water Outage, What we know thus far.

Last Night Tens of Thousands of Erie County Residence were with no water. As crews scrambled to locate the issue 9-1-1 Lines were flooded with calls with people looking for answers. Erie Co Water Authority even had their website crash due to the amount of people looking for to seek help and answers. The Problem crews say was on a National Grid site where a 36-inch water line ruptured near Millersport Highway, north of the Youngmann Highway the authority reported (See Map for Approx Location). Currently everyone "Should" have water, Some areas may still have low pressure as water is slowly brought back online to affected areas. Crews are worried that more breaks may pop up if water is just 100% turned back on so they are slowly bringing water back online to prevent any further issues. There is a Boil Water Advisory in effect for ALL areas that were effected (Amherst, Williamsville, Clarence, Cheektowaga, Depew & Lancaster). Crews are also testing the water quality but that test will not yield results for at least the next 18 hours. Water Bottles at area super markets are flying off the shelves says local store owners and they are ordering more water to help relieve the current outages. Anyone using water to Cook or Consume are being asked to Boil your water for at least 15 minutes to make sure the water is safe.

Be aware that the Village of Alden is still under Mandatory Water Restriction.

Alden is not part of the Erie County Water Authority and runs off wells that are dangerously low. Here is a statement from the Village about its current water drought.

Due to the drought conditions we are continuing to experience and a lack of rain in the forecast, we are forced to impose mandatory water use restrictions. Effective immediately, please limit your water use with the following actions: • No lawn watering, filling of pools, spas, ornamental fountains, car washing • Limit plant watering to two times per week before 10 AM or after 6 PM • Limit clothes washers and dishwashers to full loads • Check your plumbing and repair any leaks • Any other unnecessary uses We are sorry for any inconvenience these restrictions may cause. With your cooperation, we will work through this difficult time. Please call the Water Department at 937-7392 if you have any questions.

Here's a Statement from the Erie County Water Authority about last nights water emergency:

" Boil Water Notice" is required after a rare occurrence like last night's water main break in Amherst. In fact, the Erie County Water Authority has not needed to issue a Boil Water Notice in ten years. The requirement for a Boil Water Notice comes from an abundance of caution. While it is unlikely a health issue may occur, we owe it to our rate payers to keep them informed of even the most remote possibility.In the future, we are exploring providing automated notifications via email and robocalls for these once-in-a-decade occurrences.We are testing the water twice in succession, as required, and expect to have those results as soon as possible. The Boil Water Notice may be lifted at that time as determined by the Health Department."

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