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Saratoga County repairs cracked water line pipe

Saratoga County repairs cracked water line pipe

Municipalities remain under a reduced water use alert
Saratoga County repairs cracked water line pipe
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The Saratoga County Water Authority has repaired a water main break from Monday, but municipalities that receive water from the county remain under a reduced water use alert as the county waits for test results on its water supply.

On Monday around 6:30 a.m. SCWA discovered that a water main pipe on Daniels Road in Saratoga Springs had cracked, Executive Director Ed Hernandez said on Tuesday.

A contractor was called and the pipe was repaired by 9 p.m., Hernandez said. He said he didn't know what caused the pipe to crack.

"Everything is fixed and operational," Hernandez said.

However, Hernandez said, because there was a break, a precautionary boil water advisory had to be issued from the county to customers, which include the towns of Clifton Park and Ballston, as the county has its water supply tested for harmful materials, which is standard operating procedure during a pipe break.

SCWA would not have the water test results back until Wednesday, Hernandez said.

Since Monday, SCWA customers have been using auxiliary stores of water, Hernandez said. Yesterday afternoon, the Clifton Park Water Authority issued an official notice asking residents to reduce unnecessary water consumption so the auxiliary stores would last until SCWA's supply had been cleared.

If municipalities run out of their own auxiliary supply and have to use the county's water before the test results come back on Wednesday, Hernandez said, that municipality must issue an official water boil advisory to residents.

"All communities that take water from us, including Clifton Park, are attempting to restrict water use so they can utilize storage tanks. Once those results are here, we'll lift our boil notice," Hernandez said.

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