Water main break fixed after leaving 2,500+ Cohoes homes without water

February 08, 2019 06:32 PM

COHOES - Between 2,500 and 3,000 homes in Cohoes were without water Friday. A water main valve broke in the area of 6 Berkley Avenue.

This was a huge problem. The broken water main is a major supplier to the city, impacting nearly 1/3 of all residents there.  It turns out a second main broke when repairs were being made due to rotting bolts on the valve. They're fixed.

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However, boil all water before using or use bottled water for the next 48 hours (until Sunday evening). That's the message from the mayor and city health officials.

Meanwhile, two schools -- including Lansing Elementary and Cohoes Middle School, dismissed early due to both breaks compromising the entire mid water system in the city.

DPW crews spent Friday afternoon doing emergency work on the broken water main along Berkley Avenue after city officials were alerted to this valve break.

Remember, 48 hours for that boil water advisory. This is for residents in the area of Lansing Pool almost north of the city to Manor Avenue. This area uses about 400,000 gallons of water to the area.

The break will cost as much as $100,000 to fix.

WEB EXTRA: Cohoes Mayor gives Friday morning update on major water main break


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