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Cow and human waste found in wells

by Evan White

Oakfield, N.Y. -- More than a month after well contamination was reported in several Genesee County communities, health officials say the source is both animal and human waste.

Originally, the theory was that Lamb Farms was the only one to blame, but recent information points to other well-related problems that go beyond the farm.

A notice of violations was sent to Lamb Farms, Inc. on April 22nd related to manure spreading, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Recent tests by the Genesee County Department of Public Health of fifty wells, yielded twenty positive results for bacterial contaminants including E.coli, said Paul Pettit, Public Health Director.

Voters in Elba, Oakfield and Batavia signed petitions to establish a new water district that would include water lines in the area of the contaminated wells.

"It's going to add to the tax burden but I think it's worth it," said Cherie Egloff, of Oakfield.

The new district would add more than seven hundred dollars per year to the tax bill paid by those within the district.

Batavia and Oakfield are holding special meetings Wednesday night to discuss the establishment of the new district.

Elba is holding its meeting Thursday night.

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