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

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

Albany, August 11, 2000 – The State Health Department announced today that the Wyoming County Fair is in full compliance with the December 21, 1999, State Health Department Commissioner's Order aimed at seven county fairs that previously used untreated water supplies.

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

The Wyoming County Fair has been proactive in connecting its system to the Village of Pike 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 encouraging families and residents from Wyoming County and surrounding areas to attend the fair for a traditional, fun–filled experience, celebrating Wyoming County's rich agricultural heritage.

The Wyoming County Fair Association, which operates the Wyoming County Fair, will open its annual fair on Saturday, August 12. The Association worked closely with State and Wyoming County health officials 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 the water system, including having the system evaluated by a licensed professional engineer. And, 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 Village of Pike's public water system.
  • Two on–site water sources–wells–were disconnected from the drinking water distribution system. The water from these wells will be only used for non–potable purposes such as flushing toilets and will be labeled non–potable. The wells will not be used for drinking water, washing hands, or food preparation.
  • 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 Wyoming County fairground's system.

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

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