First Selectman David Bindelglass sent the following update on today’s water main break and said that decisions about town buildings will be made in the morning:
“Water has been restored through temporary piping to all but the immediate area. Water pressure is somewhat below normal. Some have reported that it takes a long time for air in their pipes to clear.
According to the local and state health departments you do not need to boil water if it looks normal, but you should run your water until it is clear. If you have any question I would recommend bottled water.
“You can get fresh water at the fire department and EMS buildings. Work continues on the damaged main and it should be repaired tonight.High Ridge Road will remain closed below Ferndale and will have to be dug up tonight. We hope to have it passable tomorrow morning. We hope to open all of South Park Avenue tonight. Thank you for your patience.”
UPDATED 7 p.m.: Restoration expected for 800 affected customers between 7 to 9 p.m. More details available at Aquarion Water Company Alerts and Outages: https://www.aquarionwater.com/alerts-and-outages/06612
Easton police are reporting a major water main break on High Ridge Road between Ferndale Drive and South Park Avenue that has left residents without water and forced the closure of Helen Keller Middle School, Samuel Staples Elementary School, Town Hall, the library and senior center.
Town officials and Aquarion Water Company responded and were able to shut off the valves to stop the flow of water. Aquarion is on the scene and expects to restore water service within the next 10 hours. Pressure may be low at first as the system pressurizes.
Police said High Ridge Road is closed at Ferndale Drive and at South Park Avenue, which is closed at Lakeview Drive and Buck Hill Road.
Easton Emergency Medical Service officials advise affected residents who need water to stop by their headquarters at 448 Sport Hill Road. Residents may also obtain water at the Easton Fire Department, 1 Center Road.
Water was disrupted for everyone in town on public water. Updates will be provided as they become available.