MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Salvatore Mancino has had brown water coming out of his faucets since Friday afternoon, after a 30-inch water main servicing Larchmont and Mamaroneck ruptured.
The leak occurred in Eastchester on the corner of Hilldale Place and White Plains Road and sent a river of water down White Plains Road. Con Edison shut down gas in area households at roughly 2 p.m. Friday. Water services to Eastchester residents was not affected because the water main belongs to the Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW) and is a supply line for the Town of Mamaroneck and the villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
WJWW were able to minimize water service interruptions by feeding water through other portions of the WJWW system and interconnections, said Anthony Conetta, WJWW manager. However, residents in the Orienta neighborhood, like Mancino, have reported discolored water since the incident Friday afternoon.
"The only impact to some of our customers may have been temporary low pressure or brown water," Conetta said.
Conetta also said workers were trying to isolate the segment of pipe that is leaking and replace it. There was no timetable on how long that would take, Connetta said. He noted repair work would not begin until Con Edison had completed its inspection.
WJWW continues to receive reports of discolored water, according to an update on the WJWW website. They suggest that, while discoloration lasts, residents should not do laundry or use hot water, because this will, "pull discolored water and sediment into your water heater/hot water storage tank," according to the WJWW website.
However, discolored water is safe to use. Running cold water on the lowest floor of the house for a few minutes could tell you if water coloration is returning to normal.
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