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Waterborne Illness & Disinfection

Worldwide, disease causing organisms are by far the most important drinking water contaminants in terms of public health.  There are many different types of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasites) that can be transmitted by unsafe drinking water, most of which cause severe diarrheal illness and vomiting.  According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million people die each year from waterborn Read more

Coliform Testing & Water System Disinfection Instructions

Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water Supplies -  contains a brochure produced by the New York State Department of Health with information regarding coliform testing (the standard test for potability).  This brochure aims to help interpret the results of your water sample. Read more

Water Quality Testing

Ground water can contain a wide variety of both naturally-occurring and man-made minerals and chemicals.  Some of these can impart tastes and odors, cause staining of fixtures, or even leave sediments while others are undetectable without testing. Read more

Water & Sewage Utilities

Safe drinking water supplies and proper sewage disposal are of great importance to public health worldwide.  Proper construction and maintenance of these systems is the first line of defense against the spread of disease.  In Cattaraugus County, the Environmental Health Division is responsible for enforcement of state and federal water and sewage disposal regulations as well as the monitoring of public water supplies.  We also provide information and technical assistance to residents who have concerns about their water, or sewage disposal. Read more

Public Swimming/Bathing Facilities

Public swimming facilities in Cattaraugus County require inspection and a “Permit to Operate” issued by the Health Department.  Typically, these fall into one of two categories, swimming pools and bathing beaches.  If you intend to operate one of these facility types, please contact the Environmental Health Division.  Note that all public swimming facilities require review and approval of engineering plans prior to construction. Read more

Water Testing Services Information

The documents below contain information regarding water testing services available to residents of Cattaraugus County and educational information on how to interpret your results.

The "CCHD Certified Water Testing Services Price Sheet" contains a list of all potable water testing services available through the Cattaraugus County Health Department Laboratory.

The "Coliform Bacteria Brochure" contains information regarding bacteriological testing (the standard test for potability).  This brochure aims to help interpret the results of your water sample. Read more

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