Boil Water Order lifted for City of Dunkirk


UPDATE: 9/4/21, 11:13 a.m.: The Boil Water Order for the City of Dunkirk and North County Water District customers has been lifted. It’s no longer necessary to boil water for drinking and cooking, according to NY Alert.

UPDATE – 9/1/21 – 9 a.m.

Water service has been restored, but residents still must boil their water under further notice. Specifically, it will be safe to use after it’s been brought to a rolling boil for a minute.

Another water distribution event is planned for today.


DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — According to the state’s NY-Alert system, the City of Dunkirk is under a water emergency.

Around Midnight, a water main break shut down a section of Route 5 from Main Street to Central Avenue. This has led to low water pressure or possibly no water at all for some residents.

Although crews are working to fix this, the issue cannot be isolated.

New York State says “industrial users must temporarily shut down operations.” Additionally, all non-essential use of water must temporarily stop.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services suggests that people save water by limiting laundry and showers. Additionally, they suggest using paper plates and plastic cutlery to limit dishes.

If residents have any water service, they need to boil their water before using it.

Water service is expected to resume by nightfall, but the orders directing people to boil and conserve their water are expected to stay in effect for several days.

In addition to people living in Dunkirk, New York State says water customers served by the North County Water District, west of Lake Erie State Park, including the Village of Brocton, also must conserve their water.

A bottled water distribution event is taking place at the Firemen’s Training Grounds (665 Brigham Road) on Tuesday from 2-7 p.m.

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