Yesterday there was a major water main break on E Hartsdale Ave. Stores were out of business again (a year ago they were out because of the flood). I received the following e mail from Randy Cairns of our water dept.
As of approximately 2 PM today we have restored water supply back to the customers who were without water due to the main break on E. Hartsdale Ave. We did this by utilizing a back-up interconnection between two different pressure zones at the intersection of Club Way and E. Hartsdale Ave. This interconnection utilizes a 6” diameter pressure reducing valve that has not been active since approximately 1957. The water from the high pressure zone goes through the automatic valve where the pressure is reduced some 50 psi which is approximately the normal pressure in the low zone that E. Hartsdale Ave. is located in. This valve had to inspected, checked, water turned on, flushed and then the controls on the valve had to be calibrated. To our amassment………it worked after 51 years! We checked most of the stores, including Harry’s, and all had water again.
We still must make repairs (which are very difficult and will take a week or more) but, we are not in an Emergency situation. The County Water District will be starting repairs to their 48” diameter water main at the same spot tomorrow at 8 AM. They must fix their leak first so then we can complete ours. Greenburgh’s 6” water main is broken underneath their 48” water main (which is an old 1882 NYC water line that the County bought in the ‘1950-60’s).
No one will be out of water for the remainder of these repairs, unless something else happens.