TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Troy officials are hoping for aid from either New York State or the federal government to fix the city’s aging infrastructure after a major water main break.
Crews have been working around the clock to repair the major water main break in Troy. Officials said people in the city have done well conserving water, and they said locals need to continue.
“Just because you can turn on your tap and water comes out doesn’t mean we’ve solved the problem,” Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said.
Madden is encouraging people to continue conserving water until the water main break is completely fixed. The repairs could take another few days.
“Once we raise the flag and say the welding is done, that doesn’t solve the problem,” he said. “With a pipe this large, it’s going to take a good 48 hours to charge the system and get everything back to normal again, so it’s a very tricky operation.”
The pipe that burst was built in 1903 and is 33 inches in diameter. The water department said the pipe’s size makes it difficult to repair because that size is no longer made.
Instead crews are welding a patch to fix the pipe. Aging infrastructure has been blamed for the crisis that has impacted Lansingburgh and the outlying communities of Waterford and Halfmoon.
But Troy historian Kathryn Sheehan said the infrastructure has been updated in the past.
“It’s not like they’re just sitting there and no one’s done things to them,” she said. “There’s all sorts of records that talk about the changes.”
Congressman Paul Tonko made a promise during a press conference on Wednesday.
“I am going to continue to advance this effort,” he said. “The national government, our federal government needs to assist communities like Troy.”
In a Halfmoon Town Board meeting on Wednesday, the board commended its residents for their efforts to conserve water and again asked that they continue limiting their water use only when it’s absolutely necessary.