WATERFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Several surrounding municipalities are feeling the effects of a major water main break in Troy.
Waterford Town Supervisor Jack Lawler and Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen declared States of Emergency in their respective communities as a result of Sunday’s water main break in Troy as well as the failure of the back connection within the city on Monday.
The Troy Water Department serves nine communities, including the towns of Halfmoon and Waterford. It began serving other communities when dredging of the Hudson River began. Because the levels of Polychlorinated Biphenyl, or PCB, were so high, Waterford and Halfmoon couldn’t pull from the river.
The water main in Troy is supposed to produce 14,000 gallons of water per minute, but currently only produces 1,200 gallons.
Halfmoon is asking people to not drink, wash with, or bathe in the water. The water is safe, but there is not enough of it. Instead, the town brought in a 500 gallon tanker and pallets of bottled water.
“We have requested that they only use water as critically necessary,” Tollisen said.
In Waterford, many have begun to experience low water pressure and a lack of water supply. As a result, the New York State Department of Health has recommended that all water users in the town of Waterford either use bottled water or boil water prior to consumption.
The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice.
“The amount of water available coming into the town has been drastically reduced,” Lawler said.
Even with a break in the main line in Troy, the towns would normally receive water through a back line, but that is also not working.
“Not only do you have the main line, but you have the alternate line, and unfortunately here, both sets of items have failed,” Tollisen said.
Currently, Troy officials can’t figure out why.
“We are not sure why they are not receiving the flows and pressure that they require,” water plant operator Chris Whelan said.
However, bottled water is available to residents at the Peck Hose Fire Department on Saratoga Avenue and also at the Waterford Rescue Squad. There are also water tankers available at both locations where resident can fill their own containers.
Neighboring towns such as East Greenbush are also being asked to conserve water while the problem is being fixed.
“We’re all in the same boat,” East Greenbush Water Department Working Foreman Tom Kennedy said. “We’re all connected. The more we can save, the better it is for all the communities involved.”
East Greenbush is under a water emergency but not a boil water advisory.
Any Waterford resident who has a safety or health concern should contact the Waterford Police Department at (518) 237-3341 for assistance.