COHOCTON — The Village of Cohocton's water supply is again safe for infants under six months of age.
On Wednesday, a notice from the village clerk's office declared that an advisory issued on May 15 for high nitrate levels was lifted.
The advisory was issued when it was discovered that a water sample collected on May 1 showed nitrate levels of 12 mg/L, higher than the Department of Health mandated nitrate standard of less than 10 mg/L, and much higher than the 2.86 mg/L the village averaged in 2018 testing.
Village officials speculated that a wet spring caused excess runoff from farmlands to enter its wells.
The village’s water system serves 380 service connections, and comes from two wells located at 10741 State Route 371 in the Town of Cohocton.
Infants below the age of six months who drink contaminated water could become seriously ill and die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.
Anyone with ongoing concerns is encouraged to call the Village Office at 585-384-5252 or the New York State Department of Health at 607-324-8371.
A copy of the Village’s newest annual water quality study is available online at www.villageofcohocton.com.