The Schenectady County Health Department this evening issued a boil-water order for portions of Niskayuna as a precautionary measure in response to a water-main break on Balltown Road today.
The break occurred just south of the GE Training Center and Trinity Baptist Church, located under the west shoulder of the Balltown Road southbound lane, according to the town’s website.
Balltown Road was open to only one, alternating lane of traffic for several hours.
The health department said residents in the following areas must boil water before using it: 2625–2773 Balltown Road, 2744-2867 Aqueduct Road, plus all of Moore Court, Reilly Way, Schwaber Drive, Williams Street, Benedict Avenue, East Street and Middle Street.
Town Supervisor Joe Landry said the break was minor, and the pipe wouldn’t need to be replaced.
“This was a regular-sized pipe and regular break — we fix a few of them a month,” Landry said today. Unfortunately, it happened on Balltown Road, which is a busier road.”
The town was notified of a potential break late this morning, and the Niskayuna Water Department was notified and began to repair it in the early afternoon.
The town posted a notice about the break on its website around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, but a boil-water advisory hadn’t been issued yet.
The department was finishing the fix around 6 p.m., and Balltown Road was expected to be opened back up to both lanes of traffic within the hour.
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