City of Johnstown dealing with second leak in three days; residents asked to conserve water

The zxterior of Johnstown City Hall at 2753 Route 29.

The zxterior of Johnstown City Hall at 2753 Route 29.

For the second time in three days, the City of Johnstown is dealing with a water main leak. Water Board President Michael Capparello said the second leak was discovered about 8 p.m. Tuesday night, when system operators received low-pressure warnings. 

In response to the current leak, the city is asking all residents and businesses to conserve as much water as possible, Capparello said. Meanwhile, a boil-water notice remains in effect until Thursday for homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the first leak, which was repaired on Tuesday. That leak occurred near the intersection of East Main and East State streets, and the boil notice affects those buildings sitting between the leak site and Chase Street. 

Capparello didn’t not know if there was a connection between the two leaks.

“We don’t know if it’s along the same lines or if it’s related,” he said. “I haven’t really seen [back-to-back leaks], but you never know. The system is 100 years old.”

Crews were searching the city for the source of the second leak on Wednesday, and a leak detection company was on its way, with plans to start work Wednesday evening, Capparello said. The first leak was detected Sunday night at about 8 p.m., and the source was discovered at 3 p.m. Monday. The leak was repaired by 11 p.m. on Monday, Capparello said. 

To help locate the source of the second leak, the city is asking residents to be on the lookout for signs of a break, which could include standing or spraying water, or gushing sounds in their home’s plumbing, Capparello said.

Capparello did not know how much water had leaked as a result of the second leak, but he estimated the first leak wasted about 1 million gallons of water, calling it the biggest leak he has seen in his 10 years in Johnstown. 

More than $7 million worth of upgrades to the city’s water system has been included as part of a pending $12 million bond request made last summer.

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