Water Main Break Causes Boil Water Advisory, Conservation Alert in Binghamton
Water issues continue in parts of Binghamton following a water main break over the weekend. A boil water advisory will soon be in effect for the Ely Park Area. Camille DeLongis reports.
-By Camille DeLongis, originally posted on October 4, 2016
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Water issues continue in the Ely Park area of Binghamton with a boil water advisory now in effect.
Residents on Valley View Drive, La Grange Street and part of Thomas Street lost water usage due to a water main break on Saturday.
The break of a 45-year-old pipe stopped the city’s ability to fill the Ely Park Reservoir, which increases the chance of untreated water entering the system.
The advisory starts Tuesday at noon and officials hope the problem will be resolved within three days.
Meanwhile, a water conservation alert remains in effect in that area.
The city of Binghamton is asking residents north of LaGrange Street to only use water for critical needs.
The area includes Broome-Tioga BOCES, Legacy Bay Apartments and the Ely Park Golf Course.
BOCES’ Director of Facilities and Operations says while they will continue to be cautious, students have no reason to worry.
“We’re going on with normal operations with a conscious effort of trying to reduce water usage wherever we can but so far it hasn’t caused us any issues or any changes in operations,” said Mike Lynch, BOCES facilities and operations director.
BOCES school officials say they will start using bottled water if the issue gets worse.
Residents with questions are encouraged to contact the City of Binghamton Water Department at 607-772- 7210.