FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2023
STATEMENT FROM THE ERIE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY REGARDING
WATER TESTING RELATED TO OHIO TRAIN DERAILMENT
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – “In conjunction with the Erie County Health Department and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, last week the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) began daily sampling and testing of its source water (Lake Erie and the Niagara River) and treated water supplies for chemicals involved in the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment, including vinyl chloride. This testing is being completed to provide additional assurance to our customers that no evidence exists of the migration of these chemicals to our water system.
“All testing results for these chemicals through Monday, February 20th, have shown
“NON-DETECTED” in ECWA’s source water and treated water supplies.
“ECWA has a nationally recognized drinking water quality program that monitors its treated water supply 365 days a year to assure customers that their drinking water is very safe and of high quality. ECWA will continue to work with the County Executive and the county health department in testing its source and treated water supplies for the foreseeable future as it monitors the ongoing situation related to this unfortunate accident in Ohio.”
About the ECWA:
The Erie County Water Authority is an independent, public water utility that provides safe, clean drinking water to more than 550,000 consumers in 35 municipalities throughout Western New York that rely on its product and reliable service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit ecwa.org for more information.