‘Diminished’ hot water at YMCA questioned

JOHNSTOWN — The state Department of Health’s regional office in Albany investigated a recent situation in which the Fulton County YMCA had been operating with diminished hot water for several days.

The family health facility, which operates a gym, pool and day care, is located at 213 Harrison St.

DOH spokeswoman Erin Silk indicated Thursday that the state Department of Health has been monitoring a complaint regarding a lack of hot water at the Fulton County YMCA.

But Silk said Thursday the water situation was resolved.

“Hot water has been fully restored and the pool and spa are returned to normal functioning,” she said.

YMCA CEO Steven Serge this week said the facility would have no comment regarding the situation.

“The department is aware of a complaint regarding the water temperature at the Fulton County YMCA in Johnstown,” Silk stated prior to the fix. “The facility reported that a recent severe weather event resulted in damage to the spa heater and water heating system. The facility has taken steps to correct the problems and to implement measures to ensure patron safety in the meantime. The department will continue to monitor the facility’s progress to ensure hot water has been restored.”

The YMCA’s Day Care Facility was open Thursday, according to its staff.

The state Office of Children and Family Services was contacted Thursday. OCFS Assistant Commissioner for Communications Monica Mahaffey stated the YMCA’s child care program had hot water.

“The rest of the building did not,” she said. “There was no health and safety violation.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.