Emergency contract awarded for water main break

The Niagara Falls Water Board awarded an emergency contract to fix a rupture at the coupling of two large water mains on Wednesday.
A town of Alden based firm, CATCO Corp., was awarded the $292,000 contract as the low bidder in an emergency request for proposals, a process that began earlier this week.
The high school was forced to close for two days due to sanitation and health concerns resulting from low water pressure.
Pat Bradley, a spokesman for the medical center, said Wednesday the facility had to hire outside contractors, the city-based Swanson Plumbing, to increase its own water pressure concerns.
As of Wednesday, the plumbing in those units was in working order, Bradley said.
But concern remains on the medical center’s second and third floors – its behavioral health units – where toilets are "not yet working properly," Bradley said.
Bradley could not say when full water pressure was expected at the medical center, but reiterated that patient care has not been impacted throughout the process.
"We haven’t missed a beat," he said.
Bradley said the medical center has accrued "significant costs" as a result of the situation, including Swanson’s costs, bottled water purchases and staff overtime.
"We’re confident we’re moving forward in a very positive manner to continue to address the circumstance that we’re operating in," Bradley said.

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