On the morning of October 13, 2018 the Do Not Drink water advisory for the Village of Rushville Water district (which supplies water for Middlesex Water District and two of Marcus Whitman school buildings) has been CANCELED after testing negative for blue-green algae toxin. It is safe to drink the water.
(October 13, 2018)
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It is safe to swim and boat in areas of the lake without visible algae.
Blue-green algae occur naturally in bodies of water in low numbers. During prolonged hot weather algae can become abundant, discoloring water and forming scums-particularly in warm, shallow areas. Some blue-green algae produce toxins. These pose health risks to people and animals if exposed in large enough quantities. Symptoms of toxin exposure may include allergic reactions or eye, skin, nose, and throat irritation. Ingesting large amounts of water containing blue-green algae toxins has resulted in liver and nervous system damage in laboratory animals, pets, livestock and people. The public is reminded to keep dogs out of algal blooms as well.
People, pets and livestock should avoid contact with water that has scums on the surface or is discolored-blue-green, yellow, brown or red. If contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water. Swimming, bathing or showering with water not visibly affected by a blue-green algae bloom is not expected to cause health effects. If symptoms of toxin exposure develop, stop using the water and seek medical attention.
Individuals should not drink untreated surface water. Home boiling, disinfecting (chlorine or UV), and filtering do not remove algal toxins. When using surface water to wash dishes, rinse with bottled water. In addition to toxins, untreated surface water may contain bacteria, parasites or viruses known to cause illness. New York State public water supplies that use surface water sources have operational controls in place to minimize the introduction of pathogens and blue-green algae in drinking water.
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Please take a moment to watch the video and learn the signs of addiction. Click the link below to learn more about the special issues surround teenagers and their unique drug treatment needs.
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Check out the 2018 Rabies Clinic schedule below.
Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that our very own Registered Nurse, Teresa Shaffer has been named to the New York State Department of Health, "2018 Public Health Works! Honor Roll." Teresa has worked tirelessly to help increase the amounts of healthy foods available to areas of need in Ontario County.
To view the list of winners: Click here
Take a moment to read the 2017 Annual Report. Find out how your local public health department prevents, promotes and protects your health!
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Copies are available! Call 1-800-299-2995 today!
On March 27, 2018, Jack Marren (Victor), Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors and Mary Beer, Director of Public Health, presented the Choose Health Ontario Award to the Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) for their commitment to drug and alcohol recovery in Ontario County. The award was presented at the 55th Annual Safety Awards Dinner sponsored by the Ontario County Safety Council.
Each year, the Ontario County Health Collaborative recognizes an individual or group for outstanding efforts in health and wellness promotion. FLACRA is a non-profit agency that has been serving individuals and their loved ones touched by addiction for over four decades. Their innovative and collaborative approach has resulted in the growth of services to residents of the Finger Lakes Region. Their services include an Addictions Crisis Center, Mobile Crisis Team, Medication Assisted Treatment & Peer Support, Housing, Care Management and Outpatient Clinics. FLACRA’s expertise and programming are essential components of addressing the opioid epidemic.
OCHC is comprised of over 30 stakeholders working together to make a difference in the health of Ontario County residents by providing programs, education, tools, motivation, and opportunities for making healthy choices. The collaborative began giving the Choose Health Ontario Award eight years ago to individuals, agencies, or programs in recognition of their contributions towards supporting health in our communities. UR Thompson Hospital’s Wellness Department, Regional Transit Service (RTS) Ontario, Geneva Reads and House of John were among the worthy 2018 CHOO Award nominations. On behalf of the Ontario County Health Collaborative, we extend a special thank you to all of these organizations.
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What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water?
If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.
Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.
Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.