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Water main repaired; Boil Water Advisory still in effect

Contributed photo Potable water from the State Office of Emergency Management was delivered to Chatham after a state of emergency was declared in the village because of a major water main break Monday.
September 10, 2019 03:11 pm

CHATHAM — A major break in a water main that provides water to the village has been repaired and the state of emergency declared for the village of Chatham and hamlet of Ghent was lifted Tuesday.

Village department of public works crews worked through the night to repair the water main break, which left all 4,000 people in the village of Chatham and several homes and businesses in the hamlet of Ghent with limited water use Monday.

The repair was complete as of midnight Tuesday, but an order to boil all water before using remained in effect in the village of Chatham and hamlet of Ghent throughout the day, Mayor John Howe said.

Village officials are awaiting word from the state health department before lifting the boil water advisory.

A valve at the water tower was replaced and the water tower was refilled Tuesday morning, Howe said. The break in a 10-inch main was located in a wooded area off County Route 21. The cause of the break is unknown at this time.

All residents were asked to conserve water, except for essential reasons. But there was no water available for 400 to 500 people living in the Edgewood Acres Mobile Home Park, 1903 Route 203, on Monday.

Village officials worked with Columbia County and the State Office of Emergency Management to provide water tankers with potable water to residents at the mobile home park. The Chatham Fire Department handed out hundreds of bottles of water before the state workers arrived with their tankers.

Water service was restored to Edgewood Acres on Tuesday, but the mobile home park remains under the village’s boil water advisory.

The state of emergency was rescinded by Columbia County and Chatham village officials Tuesday afternoon.

“Our gratitude is hereby extended to all departments and agencies of Columbia County, the village of Chatham and the town of Ghent for their hard work and due diligence to remedy this emergency so quickly,” Columbia County Board of Supervisor Chairman Matt Murell said.

Howe thanked the village department of public works, village clerk, fire department and police department for their efforts to assist residents.

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