BRUNSWICK, N.Y. - The Town of Brunswick announced a major water main break in the town Monday afternoon.
Officials said 5,000 people in Rensselaer County will be without water Monday night. There is also a boil water advisory in effect.
A 16-inch cast iron pipe from the late 1800s appears to be the source of the problem. Superintendent of the Water for the Town of Brunswick Bill Bradley said his department became aware of an issue with a leaking fire hydrant a few days ago.
The old water main split from the hydrant while the department investigated the leak. The pipe was the only way water went in and out of Brunswick and Cropseyville.
Bradley said the repair will take 12-18 hours to repair. He said he is working with the City of Troy to find a way to divert water back to Brunswick. His department is also bringing tankers of potable water for residents.
The Director of Town of Brunswick Water Deptartment said the repair of the 16-inch main will take 12-18 hours.
Potable water was made available from a tanker truck at the Wal-Mart Plaza at 760 Hoosick Rd. Residents must bring their own container for the water.
The comfort station at the Lutheran Church closed at 11 p.m.