Croton Water Safe to Drink Despite Water Main Break

Village officials tell Patch that residents do not have to boil their water.

Croton-on-Hudson officials say that the tap water is safe to drink in the village and that boiling water is not necessary. The news comes after a 12-inch water main ruptured around 5 a.m.

The location of the break is on Municipal Place at the Route 9 highway overpass.

"Locations uphill from the break in the upper village… reported a lack of water," said Assistant Village Manager Janine King. "For example, the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School had insufficient water as the rupture in the large main lowered water pressure throughout the system. Our water department and public works crews successfully restored pressure and water to the two schools by 9:30 a.m."

Patch asked Abe Zambrano about other areas of Croton that are being affected by the break.

"At first, the area south of Maple Street (Rt. 129) was affected due to the drop in water pressure. Currently, only Half Moon Bay and Metro-North railroad," said Zambrano

Village Manager Zambrano and Mayor Leo Wiegman say the cause of the break is unknown at this time, but a fix is expected later today.

"We are anticipating full restoration by 4:00 p.m.," said Zambrano

Assistant Village Manager Janine King is telling residents that their water may become brown due to the break. The incident may also cause low water pressure. King recommends that residents run their water until it is clear before using it.

King says Croton officials are working on ways to prevent the inconvenience of future water main breaks.

"The Village has been developing plans for adding a second water main to serve the west of Route 9 water customers," said King. "The current system relies on a single main, which is the one that broke this morning. Extending a second main under Route 9 to Elliott Way would allow us to have a back up supply line to feed Half Moon Bay and Metro-North. Our current year’s capital budget includes funding for this water main extension."

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