Business Could Be In Hot Water Over Water Supply

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Floyd Roberts is the owner of the Snack Shack in the town of Watertown.

Every morning, he brings in water from the Dexter Department of Public Works for his inflatable water slides.

The water in the bathroom comes from a well inside a shed.

But the New York State Department of Health might have something to say about the water he uses.

"We get outside. She says, 'Well, you need municipal water because you have more than 25 people a day.' I said, '25 people a day? I've never heard of a law like that," said Roberts.

So far, that's all the health department has told Roberts, leaving him looking for a municipal water source like the one that supplies a nearby fire hydrant.

The fire hydrant, which is only 30 feet away from the nearest inflatable at the Snack Shack, is in a different water district.

That means that Roberts can't use that municipal water for his inflatables or his restrooms.

Department of Health spokesman Jeffrey Hammond said in a statement, "We are reviewing their water source to make sure it complies with the NYS sanitary code."

The department noticed the popularity of the Route 12F location, prompting its review.

Roberts just wants resolution.

"People aren't going to book birthday parties here unless they're sure I'm going to be open. So I need them to decide what they're going to do if anything," said Roberts.

The water is still running, but for how long remains in limbo.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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