Genesee Fairgrounds in Compliance with State Health Department Order to Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Genesee Fair Has Taken Steps to Ensure Fair's Water Source is Safe and Sanitary

Albany, July 18, 2000 – The State Health Department announced that the Genesee County Fair is in full compliance with the December 21, 1999, State Health Commissioners' Order aimed at seven county fairs that previously used untreated water supplies.

The Order required that Genesee County Fair and six other county fairs that had previously used untreated water sources at their fairs take steps to ensure that those water sources are treated, tested and safe for public consumption.

The Genesee County Fair has been proactive in connecting their system to the Town of Batavia Public Water System, which is fully maintained, tested and regulated by the State and county. As a result of the fair's compliance, health officials have no hesitation in inviting families and individuals from Genesee County and surrounding areas to attend the fair and enjoy a traditional fun–filled experience, celebrating Genesee County's rich agricultural heritage.

The Genesee County Agricultural Society, which operates the Genesee County Fair, will officially open the fair on Wednesday, July 19. The fair will also hold its "Preview Night" on Tuesday evening, July 18. The Society worked closely with State and Genesee County Health departments over the past year to implement a system that ensures safe and reliable drinking water for all fair attendees.

The fairground has made numerous improvements to their water system, including having the system evaluated by a licensed professional engineer. Based on that evaluation, recommendations were made and steps were taken to comply with the Commissioner's Order.

A summary of the fairground's water system improvements includes:

  • The fairground connected to the Town of Batavia's public water system.
  • The on–site water source has been disconnected in place of the Town of Batavia's public water system. The on–site source will be used only to water down the Genesee County Speedway track and will be clearly posted as "Non–Potable Water".
  • The fairground has installed a new piping system to improve their drinking water distribution.
  • A thorough flushing and disinfection of the fairground's drinking water distribution system was completed.
  • An approved monitoring program for the fairground's water system has been implemented.
  • A state certified water system operator will be regularly monitoring the Genesee County Fairground's drinking water distribution system.

These comprehensive measures will mean that vendors at the fair are using only safe, treated and tested water sources. The measures will give peace of mind to families attending the fair so that they can count on having a fun visit without worrying whether the water is safe to drink.

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