Less than 24 hours after a water main break on Oakwood Avenue disrupted portions of the Troy community, crews have now repaired the broken water line.
Restoration of water pressure is expected by Friday morning for impacted customers, and Oakwood Avenue is now back open, according to the city.
A mandatory boil water order remains in effect for residents east of Burdett Avenue, including Pawling Avenue and Pinewoods Avenue, and all of Brunswick, North Greenbush, and Poestenkill.
Troy High School was also dismissed early on Thursday due to a limited water supply. School will resume Friday as normal.
For more information, residents are asked to contact the City of Troy Department of Public Utilities at (518) 237-0319 or (518) 237-0611 after hours or the Rensselaer County Department of Health at (518) 270-2655.
Usually Wednesdays are busy for Duncan’s Dairy Bar, according to owner John Squadrito. But this Wednesday, Squadrito had to do things a little different.
The restaurant closed their dining room early and only offered takeout due to a water main break.
“They told us the water pressure is going to be very low,” Squadrito said.
Duncan’s Dairy Bar is one of the businesses on Route 7 in Brunswick affected by a water main break on Oakwood Avenue in Troy. It happened Wednesday afternoon when a 24-inch line from the 1960s ruptured.
“We’re going to be asking certain businesses to close down to preserve water for the residents until we can get this fixed,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.
According to Madden, this line feeds the Tibbits Avenue water tank, which serves some homes and businesses in Troy, Poestenkill, North Greenbush, and Brunswick.
He says properties east of Burdett Avenue will likely have little to no water pressure.
“They do have their own tanks so they have some water available to them,” Madden said.
Madden says it took an estimated eight hours to repair the line. Squadrito is hoping full water service returns by the time they open Thursday morning.
If not, he’s got dozens of gallons of water on standby.
“We got enough water to get ready for tomorrow when we start our baking. After that we’ll just have to wing it and play it by ear,” Squadrito said.
Once the repairs are complete, a boil water advisory will likely be issued. As for this section of Oakwood Avenue, Madden says it will remain closed through Thursday morning.