Victor residents are questioning why it took five days to alert the public of water contamination
VICTOR — Thousands of families making dinner in Victor have to boil the water before they do anything with it. E. coli was found in a sample from Victor last week.
The question a lot of homeowners are asking us is: Why did it take five days to warm them?
The Daily Messenger's news partner News 10NBC asked that question to the man in charge of the water.
The chief operator of water and sewer for the Village of Victor, Jon McConnell, says the private testing lab didn’t get him the information until Tuesday. So for five days, some people were drinking water with E. coli.
“We heard on the news as we were sipping our coffee that we had to boil the water,” said John Sobraske of Fishers, which is in the affected area.
“I’m up here a couple of miles away in Fishers,” said Sobraske, pointing to the map of the boil-water area.
He got the same Monroe County Water Authority notice thousands of families got to boil water issued Tuesday night. But a notice from the Village of Victor says the test that proved positive for E. coli was taken on August 15.
“What I was confused about is why did it take five days from the time they discovered that the water had E. coli in it to telling the public about it?” questioned Sobraske.
McConnell said he oversaw the water samples last week but he wasn’t told about the positive E. coli result from the private lab doing the testing until Tuesday afternoon. Told that many residents have asked about the delay, he said, "I understand that and I'm frustrated also." He says he doesn't know why it took so long to inform him of the finding. "Until I know I cannot take action," he said.
McConnell would not disclose the name of the private lab that tested the water. His name is on the notice that says August 15.
“That is when the test sampled the content, the test that contained the E. coli was sampled. But I didn’t receive results until last night,” McConnell said Wednesday.
The village Wednesday was flushing the water lines and re-testing the water. McConnell said the state Department of Health is investigating the situation.
In an email, Wednesday afternoon, Health Department spokeswoman Erin Silk wrote, "The Department is aware of a boil water advisory for the Village of Victor and is in contact with the water supplier regarding repeat sampling and public notification actions that have occurred."
They have to have two consecutive days of clean water tests.
One happened Wednesday. If the sample is clean, another test will happen on Thursday. If that sample is clean, residents will be able to drink the water without boiling by Friday at noon at the earliest.