A pair of water main breaks kept members of the town of Rotterdam Water Department extremely busy Saturday.
Employees began repairs to the initial break, which occurred on Curry Road between Altamont Avenue and Deforest Street on Saturday afternoon. That evening, they were in the process of making repairs to a second break discovered on Fiero Avenue at the intersection of Marlette Street. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes.
Water pours from a crack in Curry Road in Rotterdam after a water main break Jan. 13, 2018. (Peter R. Barber)
In a statement released by town police Saturday evening, the Curry Road break prompted the Schenectady County Department of Environmental Health to issue a mandatory boil water order for residences and businesses on or in the following roads and developments:
- Curry Road between Marlette Street and Altamont Avenue
- Stuart Street
- Duglin Avenue
- Bigsby Village
- Curry Manor
This mandatory boil water order is expected to remain in effect until at least Tuesday, Jan. 23.
As of this update, neither a boil water advisory nor order had been issued for the vicinity of the second water main break on Fiero Avenue.
Town police remind residents who are affected by the boil water order to boil tap water before consuming it. Boiled or bottled water should be used until further notice for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food. To kill most bacteria and other organisms in tap water, water should be brought to a boil, kept at a boil for at least one minute, and allowed to cool before use.
Harmful microbes in unboiled drinking water may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly persons and people with severely compromised immune systems and can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other symptoms. Residents who experience any of these symptoms, especially if they persist, are encouraged to seek medical advice.