Boil-water alert in northern Rockland

originally posted on September 17, 2016


STONY POINT – The Suez water utility has issued a boil-water alert for portions of Stony Point and Haverstraw after an issue with overnight water-main repair.

“At about 12:30 AM on (Saturday) a portion of Suez distribution network lost pressure due to a water main break,” said an announcement on Suez’s website. “When the distribution pipes and mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the system.”

Suez had already posted an alert that service would be disrupted overnight because of work on a 20-inch main on Call Hollow Road in Haverstraw. The water main was damaged by a contractor, according to the utility’s Facebook page, and temporary repairs made at the time were to be followed by a permanent fix last night.

The repair and service interruption was scheduled to begin about 11 p.m. Friday and continue overnight to minimize the impact to customers and businesses in the area, the utility said.

“The start of the repair was delayed by approximately 1.5 hours in order to accommodate the needs of a late-evening event hosted by a local business,” Suez posted on Facebook. “Unfortunately, this delay coupled with several changes in field conditions once excavation commenced, unavoidably delayed the final repair. This has resulted in the repair being extended into the morning hours and additional customers in Stony Point and Haverstraw being impacted. Some customers may experience a temporary discoloration of water during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and we anticipate service will return to normal shortly. We thank you for your patience throughout this event.”

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