A large portion of the City of Cohoes is under a boil water advisory Friday afternoon after a water main break.
The city is conducted emergency repair work on a major water valve break that will compromise the entire mid-water system of the city. Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 households were without water, nearly a third of Cohoes residents.
The city says water service is restored to all areas affected by Friday’s water main break.
Columbia Street is closed from Central Avenue to Simmons Avenue and from the Lansing Pool north to the end of the city line.
A 109-year-old water main valve broke in the vicinity of 6 Berkley Avenue, affecting areas Vliet Blvd at Pleasant St. down to North Mohawk St and all areas in between.
Abram Lansing Elementary School and Cohoes Middle Schools closed early due to the water issue.
Residents in the area should boil all water prior to use, or use bottled water for drinking, cooking, or brushing teeth for the next 48 hours or further notice.
Discoloration of the water is expected and is normal after a large water main break. Officials say washing of white laundry is not recommended immediately following water restoration.