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Water main breaks on both sides of the river

Dec 22, 2020 6:00 am

Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a boil water order has been issued in the town of Greenport after a large water main break on Fairview Avenue. Residents are being asked to boil their water for several minutes before drinking, said Superintendent of Water John Mokszycki. The order will remain in effect until at least Wed., Dec. 23, pending the results of water testing. The break kept crews busy all day December 21. A 6-foot line ruptured on the west side of Fairview Avenue, at the entrance to Furniture Plus. It was reported at about 9 a.m. and repaired by afternoon, but the line blew out again, a town official said. The break was expected to be repaired by evening. Traffic along Fairview Avenue was not affected by the repair work. Meanwhile, over in Catskill, Sarah Trafton is reporting, the village issued a boil water order for the east side of the village after four water mains broke the same morning. The village Department of Public Works responded to Brandow’s Alley, William Street, High Street and Bartow Street to repair the damage. “We had a fire in West Athens and the fire companies were using one of the hydrants and at the same time, one of our pressure release valves malfunctioned, so there was high pressure in some of the water lines that could have caused the problems,” Village Vice President Joseph Kozloski said. Kozloski said all four lines were expected to be repaired by early evening. “We have crews from the town of Athens and village of Athens helping us,” he said. “The village trustees want to thank them for their help.” The boil water order will be in effect on the east side of the village until the water samples are deemed acceptable for two consecutive days, Kozloski said. Read both stories at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.