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Tests show E. coli in water

Batavia, N.Y. Some Town of Batavia residents have been notified that water wells in the area have tested positive for E.Coli and coliform bacteria.

The testing began shortly after March 13, when someone in the area reported an odd-smell and possibly discolored water.

Manure was being mentioned as a possible source of the contamination, according to a Genesee County emergency alert.

Most of the wells testing positive are located near Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road and Lewistown Road.

Those with wells testing positive have been notified and are under a boil-water advisory.

Its a little disheartening, said Julie Graham, referring to the well outside her home. Its scary to think about what could happen if you have a compromised (immune) system.

Grahams husband said their well just had another series of tests.

Theyre trying to figure out if its from animals or humans, he said. The water is being sent to Albany now.

According to The Daily News, 15 wells in that area tested positive for the contamination.

The towns of Batavia, Elba, Oakfield and Stafford are currently planning to hold an informational meeting Thursday to discuss the possibilities of expanding water pipelines to some of the areas currently depending on wells.

A letter promoting that meeting talked about a similar contamination that occurred back in 2010 as a motivating factor for expanding access to public water.

The cause of the contamination is not yet clear.

 
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