Hundreds of households are without water in Schoharie

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds have been without water in Schoharie since Monday.

Due to a water main break on South Main Street, a boil water advisory is in effect for residents who use the Central Bridge Water System. Officials said the cause of the break is due to the cold weather and aging infrastructure. 

Officials say since there’s only one water system that runs through the hamlet; therefore, the break emptied the storage wells. About 200 households in Central Bridge have been without water since Monday afternoon.

“During the night, we had enough water leakage from the break that it empties those wells so the whole village is without water,” Daniel Rosencrans with the Central Bridge Fire District said.

Officials advise using boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

“I got a five gallon can, so I got five gallons of water so I could flush the toilet, and I went to Walmart and got bottled water,” resident Richard Klingbeil said.

However, some residents are getting creative by using the snow. 

“I’m melting snow, so I can at least flush the toilet,” resident Patricia Price said. “Other than that I got drinking water in the fridge, so that’s not a problem.”

The Central Bridge Fire District is concerned about an emergency and no access to fire hydrants.

“We have to start calling for tankers and find a water source to refill those tankers when usually we use the hydrant system,” Rosencrans said.

Schoharie Town Supervisor Gene Milone said this isn’t the first water main break the hamlet has had to deal with this winter. He said it would be hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace the aging infrastructure – money he said the municipality doesn’t have.

“We’ve tried many times to seek grant funding to address the situation here, but there’s basically no grant money out there that doesn’t call for some kind of 50 or 25 percent match,” he said.

Crews hope the water will be restored by Tuesday night, but the boil water advisory is issued for the next three days.

For addition information Robert Barratiere of the Central Bridge Municipal is available at (518) 868-2158 or the Schoharie County Health Department at (518) 295-8382.

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