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Mayor Madden issues update on water main break repair operations
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden has announced that repair work is nearing completion on the broken water main that suffered a catastrophic failure on Sunday, January 17 in the Lansingburgh neighborhood in the city of Troy.
Department of Public Utilities and Troy Boiler Works crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule at the site of the water main break until repair work is finished. The installation of the specially-fabricated metal patch to seal the break in the water main has been completed as of Thursday morning. Welding of the upper portion of the patch commenced on Wednesday evening and continued through Wednesday night into Thursday.
Following further assessment of the affected water main, crews discovered a small amount of water seeping from beyond the patched area of the main. A decision was made to expand the patch to incorporate the seepage. This work is already underway. Troy Department of Public Utilities is working to address all visible inefficiencies on the outside surface of the water main and remain in full contact with the New York State Department of Health to ensure that operations meet all state requirements. The city remains in direct communication with both Halfmoon and Waterford and continues to provide updates on the repair progress.
Upon completion of the welding and repair work, city officials anticipate commencing operations to refill the water main. This process is estimated to take approximately 48-hours before service restoration efforts to the affected communities can proceed.
Troy residents are reminded that a citywide water restriction remains in effect. City officials are urging residents to continue conserving water at this time and limit usage to essential needs only. A boil-water advisory has not been issued for the City of Troy.
Additional information and updates will be available on the City of Troy’s official Twitter page. It can be found at http://twitter.com/TroyCityHall.