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Drinking water prohibition upgraded to boil water order

CHAMPLAIN A Do Not Drink order issued for the village and town of Champlain has been upgraded to a boil water order in regard to the local municipal water supply. In a press release issued by the Clinton County Health Department Feb. 14, the order was changed following the release of results from preliminary testing performed at the village of Champlain water system. The results indicated chlorine injected into the water plan tank was contaminated with a fuel oil, though no fuel oil related compounds were detected in the tank or distribution system when tap samples were conducted. However, trace concentration of methyl tertiary butyl ether, a chemical gasoline additive commonly referred to as MTBE, was detected. Additional tests were received and all water tests were clean for oil associated petroleum compounds, the report further stated. The tests show no water lines to the water system's approximately 3,000 users were affected. The water system has since been cleaned with a food grade detergent to purge any possible remaining foreign substances. The boil water order is expected to remain in effect until Sunday, pending negative results for contamination from two consecutive daily water tests that will be conducted. In the meantime, the village is continuing to offer bottled drinking water to residents 12-6 p.m. daily, until the matter is resolved. For more information, contact the village of Champlain offices at 298-4152 or the Clinton County Health Department at 565-4870. The North Countryman will continue to follow this matter as it develops. For the latest, keep watching our Web site.

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