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

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

Albany, July 11, 2000 – The State Health Department today announced that the Tioga County Fair is in full compliance with the February 7, 2000 State Health Commissioners' Order aimed at seven county fairs that previously used untreated water supplies.

The Order required that the Tioga 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 Tioga County Fair has been proactive in connecting its water system to the Village of Owego public water system, which is fully maintained, tested and regulated by the State. As a result of the fair's compliance, health officials have no hesitation in inviting families and individuals from Tioga County and surrounding areas to attend the fair and enjoy a traditional fun–filled experience, celebrating Tioga County's rich agricultural heritage.

The Tioga County Agricultural Society operates the fair, which begins its annual run today. The Society worked closely with State and county health departments over the past year to implement a program that ensures safe and reliable drinking water for all fair attendees.

The fairground has made numerous improvements to its 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 its system to Owego's public water system.
  • Five on–site water sources were discontinued in place of using the public water system. The five wells will not be used.
  • The fairground's drinking water distribution system piping has been replaced with a new drinking water distribution system.
  • A thorough flushing and disinfection of the fairground's drinking water distribution system pipes was completed.
  • An approved monitoring program for the fairground's water system is in place to ensure that the drinking water is safe before and during any event at the fairground.
  • A State certified water system operator will be regularly monitoring the Tioga County fairground's system.

These comprehensive measures will ensure that vendors at the fair are using only safe, treated and tested water sources. Importantly, health officials also believe 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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