Repairs underway for broken water main in Schenectady

A water main break just below the Craig Street Bridge in Mont Pleasant caused both east- and westbound lanes of Interstate 890 between exits 5 and 6 to be shut down Sunday. (Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer)

A water main break just below the Craig Street Bridge in Mont Pleasant caused both east- and westbound lanes of Interstate 890 between exits 5 and 6 to be shut down Sunday. (Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer)

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Repairs are underway to fix a major break in a city water main.

“We’ll probably start to replace the actual pipe tomorrow,” said city Mayor Gary McCarthy on Monday.

Water pressure for affected households has largely returned to normal, he said.

Some residents may experience water discoloration caused by sediments that shifted during the breakage, he said.

While a boil-water order isn’t necessary, in the event of discoloration, residents should let their faucets run for between four to five minutes until clear, as per guidance from the county Public Health Department.

The break Sunday morning prompted the temporary closure of I-890.

Craig Street Bridge remains closed and the state Department of Transportation will use the down time to conduct minor surface repairs.

McCarthy estimated the amount of water spillage at “millions of gallons” but said it will have no impact on overall delivery of services.

The cause of the break remains unclear. Officials are studying where the pipe actually failed, and whether the erosion of the bank underneath the pipe played a role.

“I’m not sure if we’ll ever quite find the answer,” McCarthy said.

City residents are asked to conserve water as the system is being repaired.

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