For Jack Lawler, supervisor in the town of Waterford, a long week finally came to a close on Saturday.
“It’s been a difficult and challenging week, but on the other hand it’s been very gratifying to see the people in our community, residents and volunteers, come together and do what had to be done to get through the week,” said Lawler, who announced Saturday that water delivery to Waterford had been fully restored. “We mitigated the impact on our community, and I couldn’t be prouder of the people here. It was a long week.”
When a water line in Troy broke last Sunday, it not only affected the residents of that city but also those living in the towns of Waterford and Halfmoon. Three schools in southern Saratoga County were closed for two days earlier in the week, as were many businesses. A total of 25 homes in Waterford were without water for two days.
Residents in Waterford and Halfmoon are advised to continue to boil their water for an additional 48 to 72 hours according to New York state Department of Health standards, and bottles of water were still being distributed at the Peck Hose Fire Company and Waterford Rescue Squad in Waterford until 8 p.m. Saturday. Those two locations will continue providing bottled water beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.
“As a result of a coordinated effort between Troy Department of Public Utilities and Halfmoon and Waterford water departments, I am happy to announce that water services have been fully restored to both communities,” Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said in a statement issued Saturday around noon.
“I would like to thank [Halfmoon] Supervisor [Kevin] Tollisen, Supervisor Lawler and the residents of Halfmoon and Waterford for the patience and understanding they exhibited throughout repair operations. We will continue to monitor the system throughout the weekend and anticipate continuing our productive relationship with the towns of Waterford and Halfmoon.”
“The town of Halfmoon is very appreciative of the efforts of city officials and the City of Troy’s Department of Public Utilities crews for their restoration of full water services to our communities under very challenging circumstances,” said Tollisen. “We look forward to continue working with the City of Troy to provide long-term water to the residents of our community.”
In an automated phone message to town residents early this afternoon, Tollison said full water service had been restored, but that water for drinking should be boiled until further notice.
“We have posted literature on our Website and Facebook pages with commonly asked questions and answers about the boil water order,” Tollisen wrote on the town’s website.
The town has provided residents with bottled water at the highway department throughout the water emergency.
Lawler also thanked the city of Troy and its public utility crews, along with a number of other governmental entities.
“We want to thank Cohoes Mayor Shawn Harris and the city of Cohoes for their critical assistance in providing an emergency water connection to Waterford,” he said. “We also want to acknowledge the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services, the many fire departments that provided assistance, and the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for their invaluable cooperation.”